Kansas slips to 15th in Kids Count Data Book Featured

Kansas slips to 15th in Kids Count Data Book Kids Count map

Kansas remains in the nation's top 15 states when it comes to child well-being, but it has slid two spots to 15th in the latest Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Kansas ranks sixth in economic well-being after a 17-percent drop in the number of kids in poverty from 2010 to 2017.

The state is 18th in education. Funding was increased for preschool programs during the 2018 legislative session, but the report shows no percentage change in the number of 3- and 4-year-olds attending school from the 2009-2011 reporting period to the 2015-2017 period.

Kansas is 23rd in family and community. There was a 46 percent decline in the teen birth rate from 2010 to 2017, above the national average of 44 percent.

Kansas ranks 24th in health. There was a 4-percent increase in the number of low birth-weight babies from 2010 to 2017, above the 2-percent average increase nationally.

The report makes several recommendations for Kansas policy, including an expansion of programs that make and keep kids healthy, including expansions of Medicaid and the SNAP or food stamp program. It also recommends that the state address ethnic and racial inequities and it recommends that the state works to ensure the 2020 census counts all children, including those under age 5 and those from hard-to-count areas.

New Hampshire has the top overall ranking with New Mexico last. For neighboring states, Nebraska is 12th, Colorado is 20th, Missouri is 28th and Oklahoma is 42nd.

This is the 30th edition of the Kids Count Data Book. It used 16 indicators to rank each state across health, education, economic well-being and family and community factors. It also gives an overall assessment of child well-being.

Click here for the Kids Count overall child well-being report.

Click here for the Kids Count well-being indicators.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 07:30