The 2014 Alabama Kids County Date Book
A new report from The 2014 Alabama Kids County Date Book says the number of children living in poverty in Alabama has grown, but Alabama is making progress in reducing the number of teens having babies. In the report the number of children living in poverty increased by 5 percent between 2000 and 2012, with 26 percent of Alabama children living in poverty. It also found that births to teenagers 15 to 17 declined 40 percent during the same 10-year span. The report said Alabama's pre-kindergarten program has narrowed the achievement gap for participating children, but it is accessible to only 12 percent of 4-year-olds. The report's rankings of counties for child wellbeing placed Shelby County first and Wilcox County last.