Alabama One of Lowest in Child Wellbeing

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A newly-released study says Alabama lags behind most other states in improving children's overall wellbeing. The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual Kids Count book. Researchers used data spanning 2008 to 2014 to determine the rankings. The study ranks child welfare by evaluating data on economic wellbeing, education, health, and family and community. The study ranks Alabama 46th in overall child wellbeing, a drop from 45th in 2015. Alabama ranks 43rd in the family and community category, which measures the number of children who live in single-parent households, children living in high-poverty areas, teen births and more. Alabama ranks 42nd in children's health and showed improvements in four areas that make up that category. The study places Alabama 46th in economic wellbeing and 48th in education.

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