ALBANY – A report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks New York State near the bottom for childhood economic well-being.
The foundation’s 2019 Kids Count Data Book ranks the state 42nd in the nation.
The report based its findings off several statistics including children living in single parent households and/or in high poverty areas.
Foundation officials said overall the well-being of children across the nation improved in 11 of 16 categories between 1990 and 2017, but racial and ethnic disparities persist.
New York has taken some important steps to improve the well-being of children in the state. The report cited the state’s paid family leave system and expansion of pre-K education as ‘positive steps.’
The foundation noted that the upcoming census will help further data by counting how many young children live in the state.