Alabama ranked 44th nation-wide in child well-being
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book uses 16 indicators to rank states.
Alabama improved or stayed the same in 14 of those categories.
“Seeing that improvement in what a lot of people see as staying stagnant but we say staying the same in some areas, it speaks to a state that we are taking care of our kids and that the programs that are in place are working and that we’re moving in the right direction," Angela Thomas the Communications Manager for VOICES for Alabama's Children said.
Yet national data ranks the state 7th to last in child well being. So, how did Alabama end up placing even lower than last year?
“When you look at that ranking when you look at us falling back from 42nd to 44th, when you look at us compared to other states, we can’t keep up with the rest of the country, other states are improving the well-being of their kids faster than we can, Thomas said.
Thomas suggested areas that had room for improvement.
“We’ve got to continue to invest in those programs that are for our children and for families. Improving child poverty and improving the security of employment within families would help greatly with some of these indicators.”
She also suggested that Alabama should take a very close look at the data.
“What gets measured gets changed, and so we can’t improve the well being of children in our state without this data and we can’t invest in children if we don’t know what issues they’re facing.”
VOICES for Alabama's Children will release their own Alabama's Kids Count data book later this fall which will compare data on a county to county basis.