Report: Florida Trailing Most States In Kids’ Health, Education

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Report: Florida Trailing Most States In Kids’ Health, Education
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A new report  shows Florida trailing most other states in the health and education of its children – with an especially low ranking in economic well-being.

The effects are harmful and could be long-term – not just for the children but for the state, advocates say.

The annual Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Florida 44th in the economic well-being of its children, 38th in their health outcomes and 35th in their educational performance.

The state ranks 38th overall.

The number of Florida children living in poverty is up 28 percent from 2005 to 2010, the last year for which data were included in the study. That measurement considers such factors as whether the parents have secure employment or the ability to cover their housing costs.

Ted Granger, president of the United Way of Florida, said he wasn’t surprised by the ranking given the need local agencies are seeing.

Economic instability is “having a huge and dramatic effect on children,” Granger said. “The largest group of new homeless are single parents with children. These children, whether or not homeless or in poverty, are part of a group that statistically we know have worse health care outcomes [and] lack the educational opportunities to realize their full potential.”

In 2010, 23 percent of Florida children were living in…………… continues on NorthEscambia.com

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