The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released their 2010 Kids Count Data Book, and — wouldn’t you know it — our fair Commonwealth is a pretty terrible place to be if you’re a child, a single parent or (in some cases) both. Here’s this, from a press release by Kentucky Youth Advocates:
The Data Book reveals that Kentucky improved on four of the 10 measures affecting child well-being since 2000: infant mortality rate, child death rate, teen death rate, and percent of teens not in school and not high school graduates. On three other measures, conditions have worsened since 2000: percent of low birthweight babies, percent of children in poverty, and percent of children in single parent families. Conditions remained unchanged on one measure: the rate of births to teens ages 15-19, and two others were not comparable to previous years: percent of teens not attending school and not working, and percent of children whose parents lack secure employment.