Kids Count, an annual report card of how the nation's most vulnerable citizens, contains some sobering news for Idaho: An increasing number of children in our state are living in poverty, and
not enough young people are in school.
“While many other states are making prudent investments in early learning, in Idaho we’re missing an opportunity to ensure our kids have a strong foundation and to save public dollars down the road," said Idaho Voices for Children Director Lauren Necochea.
The national Kids Count Data Book, published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, was unveiled Tuesday, June 21. While the data reveals a few bright spots, Idaho ranked 22nd in overall child well-being. Idaho dropped three spots from the previous year in education, moving down to 37th place, and ranked 30th in the nation for children's health. Idaho ranked a relatively high 14th place in economic well-being, because Kids Count revealed more children whose parents had secure employment.
Below are some of Idaho statistics from this year's Kids Count report:
- 80,000: the approximate number of Idaho children living in poverty in 2014.
- 33,000: the approximate number of Idaho children not in school in 2013-2014
- 34,000: the approximate number of Idaho children without health insurance.
- 8,000: the approximate number of Idaho teens who abuse alcohol or drugs.
- 108,000: the approximate number of Idaho children in single-parent families.