This scorecard tracks the statewide results and indicators for Garrett County, Maryland.
Research on brain development justifies the promotion of early learning skills and strongly support the benefits of early learning experiences prior to formal education as an essential foundation for later school success. Research on learning retention demonstrates that young children benefit from year-long learning. Research further indicates that parents have the most influence in the development of their children.
Absenteeism and truancy result in a loss of opportunities to learn and may lead to negative long term consequences. High levels of school absence are associated with a higher risk of school failure, dropping out of school, delinquent behavior, substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors. The Maryland School Assessment (MSA) test produces a score that describes how well a student masters the reading and math content specified in the Maryland Content Standards.
Youth, identified as high-risk, through economic and educational criteria have a higher rate of not becoming involved in career development opportunities, that support educational attainment.
All County economic indicators document the extent of poverty, unemployment, and under-employment. Low income impacts all aspects of family life. Achieving economic security is a first step for families to become economically secure and possibly impact multiple domains of functioning.
Early prenatal care is essential for favorable birth outcomes. Recent literature indicates that maternal stress is associated with preterm delivery. Pregnant women that received early and comprehensive prenatal care and personalized support are at reduced risk for low birth weight babies. A healthy birth weight is positively associated with optimum child health and development. Babies born to adolescent mothers are especially at risk for low birth weight (LBW) and other poor life outcomes.
Underage abuse of various substances is associated with negative impacts on adolescent health, school attendance, school achievement, and family relationships. Underage drug use often leads to risky behaviors such as driving under the influence, alcohol/other drug citations, sexual experimentations and potential involvment with the juvenile justice system.
Child abuse or neglect may result in physical harm, developmental delays, behavioral problems, or death. Abused and neglected children are a greater risk for delinquency and mistreamtnent of therir own children. Juvenile delinquency is associated with a lack of educational and job training opportunities, poverty, family violence, and inadequate supervision.