Missouri Gets Low Marks in Latest Kids Count Report
The latest Kids Count data came out this week and Missouri is in the bottom half of states when it comes to the well-being of children. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
The latest Kids Count data came out this week and Missouri is in the bottom half of states when it comes to the well-being of children.
The Kids Count project is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
In Missouri, the group Citizens for Missouri's Children has worked to raise awareness of the data in the Kids Count reports and the implications of the data.
Beth Griffin is executive director of Citizens for Missouri's Children.
The Kids Count project uses 10 measures to determine a state's ranking for child well-being. Among the measures are education, poverty, and youth risk factors such as alcohol and drug use.
Griffin says Missourians should not be satisfied with the state's average ranking.
The Kids Count statistics show that Missouri is higher than the national average for infant, child and youth deaths.
Griffin says she hopes the Kids Count data will prompt citizens and lawmakers to take action.
Advocates for children point out that behind the statistics and rankings in the Kids Count report, there are real children facing real problems.
Griffin explains what the numbers mean for Missouri's children.
To see the latest data from Kids Count, log on to the website w-w-w dot A-E-C-F dot org slash kids count (www.aecf.org/kidscount).