Report shows mixed results for florida on child well-being

Report shows mixed results for florida on child well-being

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that ranks U.S. states for child well-being puts Florida at 37th overall.

According to a WUSF News story on the KIDS COUNT report, while our state fares poorly in the area of economic well-being for children (ranked near bottom at 45), health measures have improved. Those improvements include a slight drop in the percentage of low birth-weight babies, drops in child and teen deaths, and a reduction in children without health insurance. Florida ranked 22nd, meanwhile, in the education category.

A number of the measures tracked by KIDS COUNT for Florida are also monitored for the four Gulf Coast counties of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto on our Gulf Coast Community Indicators website, including education markers like math proficiency for eighth-graders and financial self-sufficiency indicators like children living in poverty.

For a deep dive into all of the Kids Count indicators for Florida, go here.