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PHOTO: Kentucky has shown steady improvement in child health and education, according to the 2014 National KIDS COUNT Data Book. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - While a year-by-year indicator of child well-being shows steady improvement in the health and education of children in the Bluegrass State, the number of children living in poverty is continuing to grow. The results, published in the 25th annual national Kids Count Data Book, ...Read More

PHOTO: The latest Kids Count data book shows Minnesota has maintained its decade-long appearance in the top five states in the nation for overall child well-being. Photo credit: Randen Peterson / Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - When it comes to the well-being of children, Minnesota is once again one of the best places in the nation, although challenges remain. Stephanie Hogenson, research and policy director with Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, says despite the state being ranked fifth overall in the ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that while there is still work to be done, Illinois is making strides in improving the well-being of its children. Photo credit: Anita Peppers / Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An annual state-by-state snapshot of child well-being finds both good and bad news in Illinois. According to the 2014 edition of the national Kids Count Data Book, Illinois has seen improvements over the last decade in the teen birth rate, as well as the mortality rate for child ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana ranks 27th nationally in an annual snapshot of child well-being. Photo credit: Phaedra Wilkenson / Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - New data finds Indiana children are making strides in education, but high rates of child poverty continue to persist. An annual state-by-state snapshot of child well-being, the 2014 Kids Count Data Book ranks Indiana 27th nationally, up three spots from last year. Glenn Augustine, vi ...Read More

PHOTO: A new national report finds Ohio has made strides in improving children's education and health, but children living in poverty remains a pressing problem. Photo credit: Kristine Kisky / Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Buckeye State is in the middle of the pack in a national snapshot of child well being, ranking 24th among all 50 U.S. states. Data from the 2014 Kids Count Data Book finds Ohio largely following national trends, and making progress in education and children's health since 2005. ...Read More

PHOTO: Farm to Childcare connects childcare providers with local growers to bring fresh, local foods to kids in the years when their taste preferences and healthy habits are forming. Photo courtesy New Horizon Academy.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – An effort to get more fresh, healthy and local foods on the plates of children in day care is now ready to roll out across Minnesota. The development of the Farm to Childcare curriculum was led by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Erin McKee VanSlooten, senio ...Read More

PHOTO: The Indiana Youth Institute is offering grants to help nonprofit groups that serve children improve their effectiveness. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser / Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - In a boost for children's programs, more than a dozen Indiana nonprofits have the chance to enhance their practices and serve more residents around the state. The "Capacity Building Coaching" grant is being offered by the Indiana Youth Institute, which program manager Carolyn Langan ...Read More

PHOTO: Monday's Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn may stop some independent care providers from joining public-sector unions that automatically include employees in paying dues and enjoying contract benefits. Photo by Franz Jantzen / U.S. Supreme Court.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Some of those affected by a U.S. Supreme Court decision on union dues for child and home care workers say it is based on the myth that their labor is somehow less deserving than other types of employment. This week's decision in the Harris v. Quinn case will likely stop some indep ...Read More

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