Annual Kids Count Report shows Michigan failing its children

National Kids Count report leaves a lot to be desired

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Michigan continues to lag behind much of the county when it comes to the well being of its children. That is according to the findings of the latest Kids Count Report.

The 2017 Kids Count Profile by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation was released Tuesday, June 13. The annual report examines child well-being by looking at 15 different indicators dealing with health, education, economic well-being and family and community.

The report reveals about 22 percent, about 486,000 Michigan children, lived in poverty in 2015. It also says about 32 percent of Michigan children lived in households where parents lacked secure employment. Findings like that contributed to the state ranking 32nd in the country in overall well-being for children.

Nationally, 21 percent of children lived in poverty in 2015 and 29 percent lived in households were parents lacked secure employment.

Kids Count is part of a national effort to improve conditions for children and their families.

According to the latest report, Michigan ranks as one of the highest-risk states in the country for children in education outcomes for children. The state came in 41st when compared to other states.

Among the reasons, is the fact that 71 percent of eighth graders are performing below proficiency in math. And, 71 percent of fourth graders are reading below proficiency. Those numbers have pretty much gone unchanged for the past eight years.

New Hampshire was ranked first, followed by Massachusetts and Vermont. Mississippi was ranked last.

Leaders with The Michigan League for Public Policy say there is much work to be done in Michigan if the state hopes to be a place where people are eager to work and raise families.

More information on the 2017 Kids Count Data Book can be found by clicking here.

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