The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book in July and it looks bad for the children of North Carolina.
According to the report, our state ranks 34th in the nation for overall child well-being, faring among the worst states for Economic Well-Being (38), and performing only slightly better for Family and Community (36), and Health (32). North Carolina received its highest rank in Education (28).
North Carolina families continue to suffer from the economic downturn in 2008. As the data in the report reveals, in 2012, 26 percent of children in North Carolina lived in poverty, defined as 100 percent of the federal poverty level.
“It is this information that guides our advocacy and policy,” said Mari Eisner, CFCR’s Director of Public Policy. “Council for Children’s Rights continues to focus its efforts on encouraging the implementation of programs that will have a positive impact and improve outcomes for children. The data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation confirms that we still have a lot of work ahead of us.”
The Foundation’s KIDS COUNT project is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in United States in order to provide benchmarks for policy makers and concerned citizens on child well-being. 2014 marks the 25th year of the report, which examines 16 measures of child well-being in four categories ranking states from 1 to 50 according to their outcomes for children.
The project places special emphasis on:
- the importance of child well-being to our nation’s future prosperity, global competitiveness and community strength;
- the variability in child well-being by income, race, ethnicity and geography; and
- evidence-based policies, programs and practices that work.
NC 2014 Rankings: click here
NC 2014 Rankings (Spanish): click here
Full report: click here.