In annual KIDS COUNT data book
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2016) — Kentucky ranks 35th in overall child well-being in the annual Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book released today.
Kentucky ranked 34th last year.
The 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book, which focuses on key trends in child well-being in the post-recession years, measures child well-being in four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.
Kentucky ranked 38th in economic well-being, 27th in education, 16th in health and 37th in family and community.
The report found that 26 percent of Kentucky children live in poverty.
Also, 35 percent of children have parents who lack secure employment, 28 percent of children live in households with a high housing cost of burden and 8 percent of teens are not in school and not working.