According to a recent study, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont are leading the nation in terms of the overall well-being of its children. On the other end of the spectrum, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2012 Kids Count Data Book found that Nevada, New Mexico and Mississippi rank lowest in terms of its children’s well-being.
For this particular study, 16 indicators (instead of the traditional 10) were used to determine well-being. These indicators included health, economic stability, education, family and community.
Although some states are excelling, the number of children living in poverty-level households rose by 2.4 million from 2005 to 2010, and rose in 43 states. Although economic indicators declined during this period, education and health care indicators generally increased with more high school students graduating on time and more children getting health care coverage.
What steps have your state and city been taking to help improve children’s well-being? Have you noticed a change in your child’s school? What changes could they be making that they haven’t? Share your thoughts with us below!
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