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Georgia Dips to No. 42 nationally on child well being

Wednesday - June 22, 2016

Georgia Dips to No. 42 nationally on child well being

by Rose French
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia continues to have a high percentage of children in living in poverty and parents who lack secure employment, according to new report.

The annual Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation showed Georgia dropped two spots to rank 42nd among states, with neighboring South Carolina coming in at 41st. The annual report focuses on key trends in child well-being that include education, health and economic well-being.

In Georgia, the percentage of children living in poverty has worsened since 2008, with 26 percent of the state’s children — an estimated 646,000 — living in poverty in 2014. The percentage of children whose parents lack secure unemployment also increased to 31 percent or about 783,000 children for the same time period.

Georgia did, however, see improvement in some education categories, with the percentage of high school students who don’t graduate on time decreasing.

To find out more how Georgia fared in the report, check out the Annie E. Casey Foundation website


About the Annie E. Casey Foundation and KIDS COUNT:

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private philanthropy that creates a brighter future for the nation’s children by developing solutions to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity and transform struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. KIDS COUNT®, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.

At the national level, the initiative develops and distributes reports on key areas of well-being, including the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book and periodic reports on critical child and family policy issues. The initiative also maintains the KIDS COUNT Data Center (datacenter.kidscount.org), which uses the best available data to measure the educational, social, economic and physical well-being of children. Additionally, the Foundation funds a nationwide network of state-level KIDS COUNT projects that provide a more detailed, community-by-community picture of the condition of children.

(Source: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-education/report-georgia-dips-to-no-42-nationally-on-child-w/nrkgL/)

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