ME Ranks #13 in KIDS COUNT

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual KIDS COUNT report on child well-being today and ranked Maine 13th among all the states. Maine ranked 1st in child health and 6th in the overall well-being of families and the communities in which they live. The annual KIDS COUNT report found, however, that Maine ranks 20th in both education and economic well-being, with nearly one in five children living in poverty.

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The 2013 KIDS COUNT report adds to the national conversation on early childhood education with its examination of how America’s youngest children are faring. Younger children are disproportionately affected by the lingering effects of the recession. The poverty rate among children younger than five is higher than the national average for all kids.

When compared to our neighboring New England states, Maine continues in its leadership ranking for Health and for Family/Community, but is outperformed by four of the five other states in Economic Well-being, Education and Overall.

New England State Rankings Across the Four Domains & Overall

 

ECONOMIC WELL-BEING

EDUCATION

HEALTH

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY CONTEXT

OVERALL RANK

New Hampshire

7

4

16

1

1

Vermont

9

3

4

3

2

Massachusetts

13

1

11

7

3

Connecticut

16

6

2

11

9

Maine

20

20

1

6

13

Rhode Island

31

24

5

32

26

Visit the redesigned KIDS COUNT Data Center to access profiles and customizable maps, graphs and rankings for use in publications and presentations. The Data Center can be accessed on mobile devices at mobile.kidscount.org.


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