ENC Regional News
10:18 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Child well-being rankings rank state in lower half of nation

Kids Count Data Book ranks North Carolina 35th in the nation in a measure of child well-being.

The 2013 Kids Count Data Book ranks North Carolina 35th in the nation in overall child well-being. The survey looks at four categories… economic well-being, family and community, education and health. North Carolina’s highest ranking was in education where it placed 27th though the report noted the percentage of students graduating high school on time had declined 18 percent in a five-year period. The report noted gains in fourth grade reading and eighth-grade math proficiency. The state’s lowest ranking was in economic well-being with 26% of children living in poverty in 2011. A press release from Action for Children North Carolina expressed worry about the trend in child well-being, noting legislative action ending the Earned Income Tax Credit and cutting unemployment benefits. I’m George Olsen.