“Kids Count” ranking shows slight improvement in Arkansas

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The latest national report on the well-being of children by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Arkansas has improved its overall economic, health, education and social factors for children, although the state remains in the bottom 20 percent of the rankings.

The “Kids Count” report released Monday ranks Arkansas 40th among the 50 states, an improvement from 41st a year ago. The current ranking is based on data from 2017 as compared to 2010.

The state showed improvement with lower percentages of children in poverty; the teen birth rate; and the number of children living in single parent families, and an increase in the percentage of children who have health insurance.

The report shows an increase in the percentage of low-birth weight babies and the childhood and teen death rate.

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