Annual Study Finds Child Education, Health Improving

From Build ECE News (

The recent release of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book ({68E8B294-EDCD-444D-85E4-D1C1576830FF}) shows both promising progress and discouraging setbacks for the nation’s children: While their academic achievement and health improved in most states, their economic well-being continued to decline. This year’s Data Book uses an updated index of 16 indicators of child well-being, organized into four categories: Economic Well-Being, Health, Education, and Family and Community. The new methodology reflects the tremendous advances in child development research since the first KIDS COUNT Data Book in 1990.

Results for Pennsylvania include an overall ranking of 14, with nine child well-being indicators in Pennsylvania improving, six worsening and none unchanged. In addition, Pennsylvania ranks 17 in Economic well-being, 8 in Education, 8 in Health, and 23 in Family and Community. The areas of Education and Health both saw areas of improving, while the area of Economic well-being saw the most in worsening. The area of Family and Community saw a mix of improving and worsening.

To view the 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book or Pennsylvania specific information (, please visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation website at the link above. To locate information about how well the commonwealth is reaching its young children with quality early learning services, with special attention to at-risk children, please see the OCDEL Program Reach and Risk Assessment (

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