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Connecticut Ranked 8th in Overall Child Well-Being in 2019 Kids Count Data Book

Annie E. Casey Foundation
 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation 2019 Kids Count Data Book shows that the children population from 1990 to 2017 has increased from 64 to 73.7 million nationwide. Connecticut had a 1% drop in child population.

This report includes 16 indicators of child well-being that reflect components of risk and protective factors such as economics, education, health, and family and community. Nationally, child well-being outcomes have either remained the same or improved from 2010 to 2017 in 15 out of the 16 indicators. Teen pregnancy has decreased. More children are enrolled in a health insurance plan, and high school graduation rate has increased. Racial disparities continued with African American, American Indian, and Hispanic children experiencing worse outcomes than the reported national average.

The data includes both national and state by state performance rankings in each of the areas. Below is Connecticut’s ranking in all the main areas:

8th in Child Well-Being. This reflects a drop from 6th from the 2017 report.

3rd in Education outcomes. The majority of young children between the ages of 3 and 4 were enrolled in preschool or early childhood education program.

13th in Health. Approximately 24,000 children were without health insurance.

12th in Family and Community. This indicator shows that about 33% of children were living in single parent-headed households.

18th in Economic Well-Being. According to the report, 35% of children were living in households with a high housing cost burden, 13% were living in poverty, and 26% of parents did not have secured jobs.

The report can be accessed here.

 
 

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