Alabama Improved In Kids Count Rankings; Is 45th

Jul 25, 2012

Children in Alabama are still dealing with obstacles as they face the future, but the 2012 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Alabama children with their best ranking in overall well-being since the data book began publication in 1990.

But it also shows that Alabama still has much work to do in insuring a bright future for children. Alabama ranks 45th in the new data book.

The executive director of VOICES for Alabama's children, Linda Tilly, said the 45th ranking is no reason to celebrate, but she said she is encouraged the state is making progress.

The report uses 16 indicators to rank the outlook for children compared to 10 used in previous reports. Tilley said Alabama ranks more favorably with other states than expected.

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