An indicator is a measure that describes a condition. They are numbers, percents, fractions, or rates used to paint a picture of a specific outcome or situation. Examples of child well-being indicators include:
�number of children in single parent families
�percent of children living in poverty
�high school graduation rate
�infant mortality rate
By collecting data from relevant sources, these indicators can be measured, reported, and used to inform thinking about what children need to thrive. Indicators are effective communication tools when discussing policies and programs.
School readiness indicators measure outcomes based on the various dimensions and factors of school readiness.