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Mike Denham: Kids Count report shows state has made substantial progress in several key categories

For more than a quarter-century now, Kentucky Youth Advocates has taken an in-depth look at the well-being of the commonwealth’s children, giving us a valuable year-to-year comparison in such critical areas as health, education and economic security. Compared to where we were in the early 1990s, these reports – known as Kentucky KIDS COUNT – show we have made major, sustainable progress in some...

Kentucky shows improvement in Kids Count report, but poverty a ‘persistent challenge’

    By Melissa Patrick Special to KyForward   Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation for overall child well-being, showing the most improvement in health and a significant decrease in teen births in recent years, according to the Kids Count report, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Kentucky Youth Advocates.   The annual report offers a state-by-state assessment that measures...

Kids Count: Report on child well-being, health says state leads in smoking pregnant mothers

The Kids Count report on children’s well-being assessed Kentucky county by county. The graphic above shows that counties such as Boone, Calloway, Meade, Oldham, Spencer, Washington and Woodford are the top seven of the 30 highest-ranking counties. The bottom six are: Owsley, Knox, Elliot, Martin, Fulton and Clay. (Photo provided)   By Molly Burchett Special to KyForward   The annual...