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Born Healthy

The Prenatal to 3rd Grade Workgroup is focused on improving Kindergarten Readiness and 3rd Grade Reading in Kent County. Under the Kindergarten Readiness Success Measure, we have identified healthy births as a key Indicator. We believe that increasing the number of children who are born healthy in Kent County will directly impact the number of children who are ready for kindergarten.

KConnect uses the percent of babies born weighing 5.5 pounds or more as a proxy measure for healthy births. When looking at our local data, we see drastic disparities in birth outcomes. In 2018, Black babies were more than twice as likely to be born at a low birthweight compared to White babies in Kent County. In fact, more than one in every six babies born to Black/African American mothers in Kent County are considered low birthweight.

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Percentage of White babies born
with low birthweight (<5.5 lbs)

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Percentage of Latinx babies born 
with low birthweight (<5.5 lbs)

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Percentage of Black babies born 
with low birthweight (<5.5 lbs)