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7/27/2005

Kids Count Survey Finds Kentucky Falling Behind

Editor's Note: This report is an obvious sign of how a poor economy hurts all.

Children in Kentucky are facing higher death rates, more poverty and divided family situations, leaving them in the worst shape in 16 years.

The grim numbers are outlined in an annual report called Kids Count.

The report ranks states based on ten indicators of child well-being and this year adds the work status of low-income families.

It is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Kentucky ranks 42nd in the country.

For the most recent time period studied, Kentucky improved on two of the ten indicators, stayed the same on two and worsened on the other six.

The report found death rates for children ages One to 14 and teenagers 15 to 19 increased.

Child poverty increased as did the number of babies born at low birth weights, which increases their risk of health problems.


More children were also living in single-parent households, limiting economic resources.

Kentucky's ranking dropped 20 spots on the percentage of children living in families in which no parent has full-time, year-round employment.

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