Kids Count Report – Indiana

Why it’s tough to be a youth in Indiana, By Shari Rudavsky, February 27, 2017, Indianapolis Star: “It’s not easy being a child. And it can be even harder to be a child in Indiana, according to data released Monday.  Indiana has the 15th largest population of youth younger than 18, with more than 1.5 million children living here. But many youth in Indiana experience poverty and maltreatment, says the 2017 Kids Count in Indiana Data Book from the Indiana Youth Institute with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  The annual report paints a picture of the experience of children who live in Indiana, by sharing statistics on families and communities, education, the economy, health and safety…”

Kids Count Report – New Mexico

  • Kids Count report is a mixed bag for New Mexico, By Rick Nathanson, January 17, 2016, Albuquerque Journal: “The annual New Mexico Kids Count Data Book released Tuesday shows the most improvement in measures of children’s health, but little improvement in measures of family economic well-being.  The data book, a project of New Mexico Voices for Children, showed declines in the rate of babies with low birth weight, in children without health insurance, and in teens abusing alcohol and drugs. The teen birth rate has also declined, following a similar national trend…”
  • Despite upticks, N.M. still tough for kids, By Robert Nott, January 17, 2017, Santa Fe New Mexican: “Nearly all New Mexico children have health care insurance, and sharply fewer of the state’s teenagers are abusing drugs and alcohol, a new report says. Overall, however, New Mexico remains a tough place for kids…”

Kids Count Report – Florida

  • Kids Count report: Many area children living in poverty, By Liz Freeman, January 8, 2017, News-Press: “Children in Southwest Florida are falling behind compared to the health and well-being of children around the state, a report released today shows. More children in Collier and Lee counties live in poverty and rely on food stamps, are uninsured and overweight, and have gone through maltreatment dispositions compared to their counterparts statewide, according to a Florida Kids Count report…”
  • Report highlights racial disparities among Jacksonville’s children in poverty, By Tessa Duvall, January 9, 2017, Florida Times-Union: “A report that looks at children’s quality of life in Florida paints a bleak economic picture for Duval County’s black children.  Florida Kids Count, released Monday, shows that black children represent a much larger percentage of poor children than their white and Hispanic peers…”

Kids Count Report – Kentucky

Poverty still darkens lives of Kentucky kids, By Deborah Yetter, December 4, 2016, Louisville Courier-Journal: “Struggling to provide for themselves and their growing family, George and Katrina Ellis found themselves on the brink of homelessness several years ago when they lost their rental home and couldn’t find another they could afford.  ‘We never in a million years thought it would happen to us,’ Katrina Ellis said.  With help from the Volunteers of America, which housed them for nine months in its family shelter, the couple has recovered financially and lives in a new rental home with their five boys ages 9, 8, 7, 5 and 1.  But the ordeal was stressful for the parents, who feared they might lose their boys, and for the boys themselves, because they had to deal with the upheaval and fear of not having a permanent home…”

Child Poverty – Oregon

Rising rents, slow-to-recover earnings trap many Oregon children in tough circumstances, By Betsy Hammond, November 16, 2016, The Oregonian: “The typical Oregon family saw its income rise about 6 percent faster than inflation, to $66,300, in 2015. Still, that remained $1,300 less than the inflation-adjusted typical family income in 2007, before the recession, even though the costs of rent and child care have surged 10 and 18 percent faster than inflation since then.  Those are among the findings of a new report by Children First for Oregon, looking at how the economy, race, education, health care and other factors are affecting the state’s youngest residents…”

2016 Kids Count Data Book

  • The best and worst states to be a kid in America, June 21, 2016, USA Today: “Minnesota is the best state to be a kid, according to a new study of children’s overall well-being. The worst overall states? Mississippi, New Mexico, Louisiana, Nevada, and Alabama, according to rankings in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 ‘Kids Count Data Book…'”
  • NM again ranks 49th in child well-being, 50th in education, By Damien Willis, Las Cruces Sun-News: “For the third consecutive year, New Mexico ranks 49th overall for child well-being, according to the 2016 Kids Count Data Book, released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Mississippi is the only state that fared worse…”
  • California No. 36 in child well-being: Where the state falls short, By Sharon Noguchi, June 20, 2016, San Jose Mercury News: “With more investments in health, the well-being of California’s children continued its three-year improvement, new data shows. At the same time, measurements in four broad categories of children’s welfare place the Golden State in the bottom third of the nation — 36th out of the 50 states, in an annual survey released Tuesday by the child-advocacy groups the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Children Now…”
  • Louisiana children continue to struggle, report says, By Danielle Dreilinger, June 20, 2016, New Orleans Times-Picayune: “Life has gotten worse for Louisiana’s children since 2008, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The annual Kids Count report, released Tuesday (June 21), compared health, education, community and economic well-being benchmarks from recent years to the start of the recession…”
  • More kids living in poverty in Ohio, report says, By Catherine Candisky, June 21, 2016, Columbus Dispatch: “More Ohio children are living in poverty, yet despite their struggles, many are making choices that could lead to brighter futures. A report on the well-being of children found more Ohio teens are graduating high school, fewer are getting pregnant and fewer are using drugs and alcohol. More have health insurance, and fewer are dying before their 18th birthdays…”

Kids Count Report – West Virginia

  • WV child well-being improved, but not enough, says advocacy group, By Lydia Nuzum, April 13, 2016, Charleston Gazette-Mail: “Child well-being in West Virginia has improved in many respects in the last decade, but two big indicators of childhood health — low birth weight and poverty — have gotten worse, according to data released Wednesday. The 2015 West Virginia Kids Count Data Book, which focuses on key trends in child well-being, measures child well-being in four domains: economic well-being, education, health and family and community. The report includes county-by-county data in 11 core measures, including infant mortality rates, the percentage of four-year-olds enrolled in preschool, the teen birth rate and the high school dropout rate…”

Kids Count Report – Texas

  • Far more Dallas children have health insurance since Obamacare passed, study says, By Naomi Martin, April 13, 2016, Dallas Morning News: “The number of children with health insurance has spiked in Dallas County and in much of Texas since 2009, even as child poverty continues to be a major problem, according to a study released Wednesday.  About 1 in 3 children in Dallas County and the state lives in poverty, the Center for Public Policy Priorities has concluded. But about 87 percent of children in Dallas County have some form of health insurance, vs. 78 percent in 2009.  Despite that, Dallas County’s rate of uninsured children is among the highest in the state. And Texas has the worst uninsured rate in the country, according to the study…”
  • Study: Over 30% of black and Hispanic students in high-poverty schools, By Melissa B. Taboada, April 13, 2016, Austin American-Statesman: “Hispanic students in Texas are seven times more likely than white students to be enrolled in high-poverty schools, which often have fewer tenured and effective teachers, according to a new report being released Wednesday that examines the well-being of the state’s children.  Black students are over 5 times more likely than whites to be enrolled in those same schools, says the State of Texas Children annual report based on data for the 2014-15 school year. The report is being issued by the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank that lobbies for low- to moderate-income Texans…”

Kids Count Report – Colorado

  • Fewer Colorado kids living in poverty, but more identified as homeless, By Yesenia Robles, March 28, 2016, Denver Post: “The number of Colorado kids living in poverty in 2014 decreased for the second year in a row, but the number of kids identified as homeless doubled in the past six years, according to a report published Monday. The annual Kids Count  report by the nonprofit Colorado Children’s Campaign found about 15 percent of kids in Colorado under age 18 are living in poverty, down from 17 percent in 2013. The number is down to levels not seen since before the recession…”
  • Report: Fewer homeless students in Larimer Co., By Sarah Jane Kyle, March 27, 2016, Coloradoan: “The number of homeless students in Larimer County decreased by 1 percent last year. More than 1,700 students were served by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program in Larimer County in Fall 2014, a reduction of 25 students from the previous school year. Larimer County was one of just two large Colorado counties to see a reduction in homeless students from the 2013-2014 to 2014-2015 school years, according to the 2016 Kids Count report by Colorado Children’s Campaign. Douglas County saw a 6 percent drop in its number of homeless students. Statewide, the number of homeless students increased by 2.5 percent, between the two measured years, even though the 2013 floods displaced a large number of Colorado families…”

Kids Count Report – Michigan

  • Michigan’s child poverty rate climbed 23 percent from 2006 to 2014, By Brian McVicar, March 21, 2016, MLive: “Nearly one in four Michigan children live in poverty, a way of life that impacts everything from their health and education to their future employment and economic security, according to a report released today.  The report, from the Michigan League for Public Policy, shows that Michigan’s 2014 poverty rate was 22.6 percent, down from a peak of 24.7 percent in 2012…”
  • Child poverty rates rose in Lansing area, group says, By Ken Palmer, March 22, 2016, Lansing State Journal: “The number of children living in poverty in the Lansing area continues to rise along with most of the rest of the state, according to the Michigan League for Public Policy.  Nearly 24 percent of Ingham County children were living in poverty in 2014, up from 21.5 percent in 2006, according the 2016 Kids Count report released Monday by the nonpartisan institute based in Lansing. Child poverty rose in 80 of Michigan’s 83 counties over that period, with more than one in five Michigan children living below the poverty line in 2014, the report said…”
  • Report: Child poverty rate climbs in Metro Detroit, By Nicquel Terry, March 21, 2016, Detroit News: “Child poverty is on the rise, with all three Metro Detroit counties showing an increase over the past eight years, according to data released Monday by the Michigan League for Public Policy. The data, published in the Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2016, revealed that Macomb County had the biggest jump among counties between 2006 and 2014, with an 8 percent increase…”

Kids Count Report – New Mexico

New study finds New Mexico has the highest rate of child poverty in the U.S., By Robert Nott, January 19, 2016, Santa Fe New Mexican: “New Mexico has the highest rate of child poverty in the United States, according to a new study by New Mexico Voices for Children, an Albuquerque-based advocacy group. In addition, more than 75 percent of the state’s fourth-graders are not proficient in reading, and nearly 80 percent of New Mexico’s eighth-graders are not proficient in math, the group said, based on its annual New Mexico Kids Count study. More than 25 percent of the state’s students do not graduate from high school on time…”

Kids Count Report – Alabama

Report: More than a quarter of Alabama children live in poverty, By Amy Yurkanin, December 1, 2015, “The Great Recession hasn’t released its grip on Alabama children, who suffer higher rates of poverty than they did 15 years ago, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book. About 27 percent of Alabama children live in households that earn $25,000 or less for a family of four. Almost half of those children live in extreme poverty, with a household income of less than $12,000 a year. All told, about 300,000 children and families lack the economic resources needed to obtain safe housing, healthy food and adequate child care. Not all Alabama children are equally affected by poverty. Although the poverty rate has gone up in all demographics, African-American and Hispanic children are more than twice as likely to live in low-income households as their white counterparts, according to the report…”

Kids Count Reports – Minnesota, Kentucky

  • More children of color live in poverty than whites in Minnesota, By Linda Vanderwerf, November 19, 2015, West Central Tribune: “Minnesota was named the top state in the country for child well-being in July, but that lofty ranking doesn’t tell the full story of a state experiencing wide opportunity and achievement gaps for children of color…”
  • Child poverty stubborn in Kentucky, report shows, By Deborah Yetter, November 15, 2015, Louisville Courier-Journal: “At the Plymouth Community Renewal Center, Markham French measures child poverty through the increasing number of young adults seeking aid from the center in Louisville’s Russell neighborhood…”

2015 Kids Count Data Book

  • More children living in poverty now than during recession, By Jennifer Calfas, July 21, 2015, USA Today: “A higher percentage of children live in poverty now than did during the Great Recession, according to anew report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation released Tuesday. About 22% of children in the U.S. lived below the poverty line in 2013, compared with 18% in 2008, the foundation’s 2015 Kids Count Data Book reported. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Human and Health Service’s official poverty line was $23,624 for a family with two adults and two children…”
  • Kids Count: How does your state rank in child well-being?, By Cristina Maza, July 21, 2015, Christian Science Monitor: “For children in New England and the Midwest, life is pretty good. For those in the South and Southwest though, not so much. And overall, kids are not as well off as they were before the 2008 recession. That’s according to the latest Kids Count Data Book released Tuesday by child advocacy group the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The study found that 22 percent of American children were living in poverty in 2013 compared with 18 percent in 2008. Furthermore, poverty rates are nearly double among African-Americans and American Indians…”
  • ‘Troubling’ report finds growing number of US children living in ​poverty, By Alan Yuhas, July 21, 2015, The Guardian: “A growing number of US children are living amid poverty and stark racial inequities in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, a new report has found, suggesting the economic recovery has not helped families return to their pre-recession security. Twenty-two percent of American children lived in poverty in 2013, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book, compared to 18% in 2008. The organization that compiled the report, child advocacy group the Annie E Casey Foundation, found it ‘especially troubling’ that children are increasingly likely to grow up in a high-poverty neighborhood…”

Foster Care System – Massachusetts

Foster care families are better and cost less than group homes, so why the shortage in Western Mass.?, By Michelle Williams, June 10, 2015, MassLive: “For most children in Massachusetts placed in emergency foster care, the process starts with a phone call. The reasons vary: a parent goes into the hospital and are unable to care for a child; a child is found to be a victim of sexual or physical violence and taken from a home. From there, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families works with partner organizations to place the child in a new residence as soon as possible. Ideally, a child is placed in a single-family home with one other foster child, but the lack of foster parents have made this goal challenging…”

Kids Count Report – Rhode Island

Report: 26% of Rhode Island children under 5 live in poverty, Alisha A. Pina, June 4, 2015, Providence Journal: “Twenty-six percent of Rhode Island children under age five, or 14,372 young people, lived in poverty in 2013. The following year, 1,311 children throughout the state, also under age five, experienced child abuse or neglect. This reality and other adverse experiences during the most critical time of mental and physical development could have lasting, negative effects on the children, says the newest report by Rhode Island Kids Count, a nonprofit childhood research and advocacy organization…”

Foster Care System

  • New report highlights deficiency in state foster care systems, By Lauren Sausser, May 19, 2015, Post and Courier: “Foster children in South Carolina are too often sent to live in group homes instead of with foster families, a new report shows. About one in four foster children in the state are placed in group settings, compared with one in seven in the United States, the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation found. The report’s authors believe children thrive in family settings and that group homes can’t offer the ‘individualized nurturing’ that many of them need…”
  • N.J. one of top states in placing foster children with families, report says, By Brent Johnson, May 19, 2015, Star-Ledger: “A new report shows New Jersey ranks ninth in the nation in the percentage of foster children living with families instead of in group homes or institutions — a setting experts say is more beneficial to their health and well-being.  The ‘Kids Count’ report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows 91 percent of New Jersey’s foster children live with families…”

Kids Count Report – New Jersey

  • Minority children in N.J. likeliest to be poor, unhealthy, struggle in school, report says, By Susan K. Livio, April 20, 2015, Star-Ledger: “Black and Latino children in New Jersey are far more likely to live in poverty, struggle in school, and get caught up in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems than white and Asian children, according to the latest annual Kids Count report.  The report, released by Advocates for Children of New Jersey for the first time focused on the impact race has on family health and stability. With nearly half the population of children in the state being black, Latino, Asian or a mix of races, the group hopes this focus will urge lawmakers and policy makers to pay attention to the needs of minority families, said Cecilia Zalkind, the executive director…”
  • N.J.’s poorest children in Atlantic, Cumberland counties, report says, By Diane D’Amico, April 20, 2015, Press of Atlantic City: “Cumberland and Atlantic counties remain at the bottom of the state for child well-being according to the 2015 New Jersey Kids Count report released Monday, ranking 21st and 20th among the state’s 21 counties. Atlantic County had a 60 percent increase in the number of children living in poverty between 2009 and 2013, among the largest increases in the state…”

Kids Count Report – Delaware

Delaware’s child poverty rate remains high, By Jen Rini, April 1, 2015, News Journal: “Close to 50,000 kids in Delaware live in poverty, a number higher than 20 years ago.  Many wonder when their next meal will be. School may be the only place where they can find clean clothes. The holiday season might be nonexistent.  ‘A lot of them are just hungry for some nurturing,’ said Anthony Powell, executive director of Kingswood Community Center, an organization that serves close to 6,000 kids in inner city Wilmington.  Delaware’s child poverty statistic was flagged in a recent Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count study as one that needs attention. The study, unveiled Wednesday, compiles 20 years worth of data on factors that impact kids health and wellness…”

Kids Count Report – Colorado

Percent of Colorado kids in poverty down for first time since 2008, By Tom McGhee and Yesenia Robles, March 23, 2015, Denver Post: “For the first time since 2008, the percentage of Colorado children living in poverty decreased, but the recovery has been spotty, with minority kids and those in rural areas still facing the highest rates of child poverty, according to a new report.  ‘This is great news for Colorado,’ Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia said Monday at the unveiling of the annual Colorado Kids Count report. ‘But we know there are far too many children growing up in households where they don’t have the resources they need.’  The report measured poverty — defined as those living in households with income levels at, or below, $23,550 for a family of four — among children in 2013, the last year that statistics were available. It found that 17 percent of the state’s 1.2 million children lived in poverty…”