Report shows progress in caring for kids; Alabama rises to 44th in national survey – News – Tuscaloosa News – Alabama News

Report shows progress in caring for kids; Alabama rises to 44th in national survey – News – Tuscaloosa News – Alabama News

A recent report shows progress Alabama has made in terms of how the state takes care of its children.


In the 2017 Kids Count Data Book, which was released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the state improved in 11 out of 16 categories relating to child wellbeing between 2010 and 2015, bringing its total national score from 46th last year to 44th this year.


The indicators cover four broad domains: education, economic well-being, family and community. The state showed improvement in some of the indicators, such as decreasing the teen birth rate, lowering the number of children without health insurance and having fewer children with a parent who doesn’t work full-time.


 “This is the best report since we started doing the report this way,” said Rhonda Mann, director of research and policy for the child-advocacy group Voices for Alabama’s Children.


Alabama showed the most improvement in economic well-being, rising from 46th in the 2016 report to 38th in the 2017 report. In education, the state improved from 48th in the 2016 report to 42nd in 2017. Areas like health and family and community remained the same at 42nd and 43rd, respectively.


Data for the Kids Count data book comes from different state agencies, the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Community Survey.


“I think that there are still families and parents that are underemployed that are getting back to work,” Mann said. “There’s a lot going on in our state.”


However, Alabama still lags behind the rest of the country in some categories. According to the report, 27 percent of…

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