Recently, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2016 “Kids Count Data Book,” which illustrates trends in child well-being nationally and state-by-state, as well as for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This report looked at 16 indicators of child well-being based on data from various sources covering the 2008-2014 time period that addressed economic well-being, education, health, as well as family and community.
Connecticut was ranked in the top five trailing only Minnesota, Massachusetts, Iowa and New Hampshire. One reason for the top five raking was the state’s on time graduation rate, which was 87% in 2013. Another reason is because only 4% of children do not have health insurance.
However, the state has room for improvement. It ranked 16th in regards to the economic well-being indicator. This was partially a result of the 38% of children that lived in high cost-burdened households in 2014.
National data showed a 25% improvement in on time high school graduation, a 40% drop in teenage pregnancy, and an 18% spike in childhood poverty.
Click here to view the full report.