Over the past year, the well-being of children in Alabama has improved. But it wasn't enough to get the state out of the bottom of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count rankings.
Alabama ranks 44th in the nation - the same as it ranked the last year.
In both health and education, the state's youth are better off now than in the last ranking.
More children have health insurance; fewer babies are being born at low birth weight; and a larger portion of 4th and 8th graders are proficient at reading and math respectively.
However, most states are improving in each of those categories, so while Alabama is getting better relative to its past years, it's not gaining ground on other states.