Kentucky Ranks 34th Among The States In Child Well Being, Up One Notch From Last Year

Jun 24, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky has improved in health and education over the long term according to a report released Monday, but  more Kentucky children are living in poverty than ever before.  The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count Data Book measures several indicators in education, health, economic well-being and family and community.

Kentucky is rated 34th overall in the nation, but that’s the commonwealth’s best rating in the last decade. Executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Terry Brooks says this year’s report shows positive trends for the state. But the 27 percent of children living in poverty is at an all-time high.

“Last year was the very first year—so this was the second year—that we now have to use the adjective ‘more than’ one in four kids live in poverty.”

Indicators for health and education improved over last year but Brooks says there is still room for improvement.  

“The trajectory for where the overall wellbeing of children is headed is a positive for the commonwealth.”

He says investments in a child’s early years are important and cuts to early childhood programs in Kentucky over the last year need to be restored.

To see the full report, click here.