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Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

Day: June 24, 2013

2013 Kids Count Data Book

  • Kids Count: Parents finding themselves increasingly without jobs, Associated Press, June 24, 2013, Christian Science Monitor: “It wasn’t so long ago that David Hutchinson spent a month sleeping under a bridge while his wife and young daughter spent their nights at a domestic violence shelter. But this wasn’t a case of domestic violence. The couple simply had no choice. There were just no shelters in Phoenix with room for another homeless family, and their top priority was finding a safe place for their daughter. The family is one of many in the US that have been trying to raise children in the face of joblessness and homelessness. An annual survey released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the number of children living in poverty increased to 23 percent in 2011, after the recession…”
  • Children living in poverty longer, putting their futures at risk, By Carol Morello, June 23, 2014, Washington Post: “Educational and health levels improved for the nation’s children during the recession, but more children are living longer in poverty, putting their futures at risk, according to a report issued Monday…”
  • As economy improves, so do lives of children in state, study says, By Guy Boulton, June 23, 2013, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “The lives of children in Wisconsin overall are improving as the economy slowly recovers, but many families remain worse off economically than before the financial crisis and economic downturn, according to an annual report that tracks key measures of children’s well-being…”
  • ‘Good news and bad news’ in Iowa Kids Count report, By Mary Stegmeir, June 24, 2013, Des Moines Register: “Fallout from the recession continues to put the well-being of Iowa children at risk, but efforts by the state and other groups have improved several key indicators of child health over the past six years, according to a local researcher…”
  • Kids Count report: Michigan ranks last in Great Lakes states for child well-being, By Jonathan Oosting, June 24, 2013, “One in four Michigan children — 560,000 kids — lived in poverty in 2011, and Michigan continues to struggle on several other measurements of child well-being, according to the result of a new national analysis released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation…”
  • Kentucky, Indiana children slide economically in Kids Count report, By Jessie Halladay, June 23, 2013, Louisville Courier-Journal: “Kentucky and Indiana children continue to struggle economically, with more and more children each year living below the poverty line, according to data released today in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest Kids Count report…”
  • Economic well-being of children in Kansas getting worse, according to new study, By Scott Rothschild, June 24, 2013, Lawrence Journal-World: “The economic well-being of children in Kansas is getting worse, according to data released Monday. The percentage of children living in poverty, children whose parents lack secure employment, and teens who are not in school and aren’t working have all increased from 2005 to 2011, according to the 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released by the Annie Casey Foundation…”
  • Arizona still lags in child welfare, By Mary K. Reinhart, June 24, 2013, Arizona Republic: “Two out of three Arizona children don’t attend preschool, 27 percent live in poverty and three-quarters of fourth-graders aren’t proficient in reading, according to a new national survey of child well-being. Arizona ranks 47th overall in the annual Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Book, moving down a notch from last year…”
  • Are New Mexico kids all right? Report says no, By Robert Nott, June 24, 2013, Santa Fe New Mexican: “When it comes to the economic well-being, education, health, and family and community support of children, guess where New Mexico stands in national rankings? Dead last, according to the 2013 national Kids Count Data Book…”
  • Utah’s slipping when it comes to well-being of children, report shows, By Lois M. Collins, June 24, 2013, Deseret News: “When national studies look at Utah’s economic growth, the news is good. But the 2013 KIDS Count report on child well-being finds the Beehive State slipped from No. 11 to No. 14 in 2013. More kids live in poverty, more parents lack secure employment and more teens can’t find jobs than last year. The percentage of families that struggle with a high housing cost burden increased. So did the percentage of fourth-graders who are not proficient at reading…”
  • More Colorado children living in poverty, By Zahira Torres, June 24, 2013, Denver Post: “National rankings that gauge the well-being of children show the number of Colorado youngsters living in high-poverty neighborhoods is growing faster than in any other state. Overall, Colorado placed 21st out of 50 states in the 2013 Kids Count Data Book, an annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that examines economic, education, health and family data…”
  • California ranks low in child well-being; Northeast tops, report says, By Emily Alpert, June 24, 2013, Los Angeles Times: “New rankings put California 41st nationwide in the well-being of children, the same lowly spot it got last year. To gauge how children were doing in different states, the private Annie E. Casey Foundation eyed data including poverty levels, graduation rates and teen births in its annual Kids Count report. The highest-ranking states were New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts; the lowest were Nevada, Mississippi and New Mexico…”
  • Oregon children fare poorly in economic well-being, national report says, By Yuxing Zheng, June 23, 2013, The Oregonian: “Oregon children continue to fare poorly in economic well-being due to high rates of child poverty, underemployed parents and housing costs, according to an annual national report…”
  • Report: Economic well-being of kids in Washington still down, By Sarah Zhang, June 24, 2013, Seattle Times: “Although the economic well-being of Washington’s kids has declined with the recession, health and education indexes have largely improved, according to the annual Kids Count Data Book, released Monday. Overall well-being for kids of color, however, still lags far behind their peers. Similar trends hold on the national level…”