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PHOTO: Nutritionists recommend including some combination of two fruits and two vegetables in a child's lunchbox, and having them help with the selection and lunch-packing process. Photo courtesy of HealthyChild.org.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The start of the school year is just weeks away, and while there's no shortage of the latest backpacks and school supply displays at big box department stores, nutrition experts are reminding parents of the importance of what goes into their child's lunchbox. Nutritionist Dr. Ke ...Read More

PHOTO: Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has been popping in at local libraries to read to children as part of the "Racing to Read" program, made possible through grants from his office. Photo courtesy of L. Swinford

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Thousands of Missouri children and their caregivers are kicking their reading skills into high gear this summer, with grants from the state to enrich early literacy programs at local libraries. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says the "Racing to Read" grants est ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The annual Kids Count data snapshot for Virginia shows improvements in education and health, but also rising poverty among the state's children. Credit: Annie E. Casey Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - Big steps forward on education, teen safety and reductions in teen pregnancy - but also rising poverty - are reflected in the latest "Kids Count" data snapshot. According to the 25th annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count report, Virginia has moved up two spots in the overall n ...Read More

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

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