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Pennsylvania Improves in Survey of Child Well-being
July 23, 2014

Released July 22, the 2014 KIDS COUNT Databook shows Pennsylvania has improved slightly compared to results of the 2013 review. Most data on which the report is based are from 2012, but compared to 2013 (based primarily on 2011 data), the state’s rankings in the “Education” and “Family and Community” categories have improved slightly (from eight to seven for Education and from 25 to 23 for Family and Community). Pennsylvania’s “Economic Well-Being” ranking remained at 17 and its “Health” ranking dropped (from 22 to 25). However, even in areas where Pennsylvania didn’t show an improvement in ranking, much of the data were positive, if only slightly. All four categories (low birth-weight babies, children without health insurance, child and teen deaths, and teens who abuse drugs or alcohol) in the Health ranking illustrated progress from 2013. While percentages for the Economic Well-Being categories weren’t improvements over the previous year, the raw numbers were either the same (532,000 children living in poverty) or improvements over 2013.  Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children President and CEO Joan Benso called the state’s newest rankings “a hopeful indication that we have reversed the slide we saw last year, but also a sobering reminder that we still have to step up our investments in proven programs that benefit our youngest citizens.” Comments and questions may be directed to Jack Phillips. (Source: Capitolwire.com)

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