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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: At least $500,000 is being distributed Tuesday among some 300 food shelves across Minnesota, which took part in the March Campaign from Minnesota FoodShare. Photo credit: Neeta Lind / Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - With kids out of school and families busy with summer plans, July is traditionally a tough time for food bank shelves as demand rises and donations fall. But according to Suzanne Shatila, director of Minnesota FoodShare, a boost is on the way thanks to the March Campaign, a statewide ...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: Services at community health centers have been expanding in Michigan and nationwide, thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act. But unless Congress acts to continue funding that allowed them to grow, their future is up in the air. Photo credit: Clarita / Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Nationally and statewide, community health centers are peering over the edge of a funding cliff, despite more than 700,000 Michiganders annually using their services. Community health centers are typically local clinics that treat patients regardless of their insurance status or ab ...Read More

PHOTO: Concerned citizens and conservation groups are attending the three-day meeting of the Florida Public Service Commission in Tallahassee to protest rollbacks in conservation rebates for energy consumers. Photo by: Ivan Penn.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - How much you spend on your power bill for the next 10 years and beyond will depend on the outcome of a meeting by the state's Public Service Commission (PSC) this week. Per state law, the PSC meets every five years to establish the state's energy conservation plan, and utility c ...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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