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2017 Kids Count Data Book Ranked Connecticut 6th in Overall Child Well-Being

Annie E. Casey Foundation

The 2017 Kids Count Data Book, which includes 16 indicators of child well-being, including economics, education, health, and family and community shows a 1% reduction in the number of children in the United States who were living in poverty in 2015. The report shows a decrease in the number of eighth graders who were proficient in math, and a drop in the number of young children who were enrolled in early childhood education program, an increase in the number of children living in single parent households, as well as those living in high poverty areas. The racial disparity continued with African American, American Indian, and Hispanic children experiencing worst outcomes than the reported national average.

The data included both national and state by state performance rankings in each of the areas. The state of Connecticut was ranked 6th in overall child well-being and was ranked in the top 10 categories on each of the main indicators except economic well-being. The economic well-being domain included the following indicators: the number of children living in poverty, unemployment, children living in high housing cost burden, and percentage of teens who were not attending school and/or working. 

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