Florida children falling behind in health, well-being, new report says

Florida children falling behind in health, well-being, new report says

Sunday, June 26, 2016
Based on the latest KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Florida now ranks 40th out of the 50 states in economic well-being and health for children.
 
Overall, national trends show that children are getting healthier each year, but other states are improving faster than Florida. The report -- an annual project of the Casey Foundation -- focuses on key trends in child well-being in areas such as education, health, family, and community.
 
Nearly half of Florida children live in families that are “cost burdened” on their homes, meaning they spend more than 30% of their monthly income on housing. Nationally, 22% of children live in poverty compared with 24% in Florida. But many of the states with higher poverty rates also invest more into programs to help impoverished families than Florida does. One such example is Florida’s Medicaid program, which spent $1,716 per child, compared with the national average of $2,463.
 
Go here for the Florida KIDS COUNT press release.
 
Go here for the national 2016 KIDS COUNT report.
 
Go here to access Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Center.