children http://kmuw.org en KS Kids’ Economic Well-Being On Downward Trend http://kmuw.org/post/ks-kids-economic-well-being-downward-trend <p>The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks Kansas 15th overall for child well-being. While that’s one spot higher than last year in the overall state rankings, Bryan Thompson reports the numbers aren’t so good, in terms of the economic well-being of Kansas kids.</p><p></p><p>Shannon Cotsoradis, who heads the advocacy group Kansas Action for Children, says Kansas families are struggling, economically.</p><p>“In 2012 we have 19% of children living in poverty,” she says. "That’s unchanged from 2011, but the trend has increased significantly over time. Just a few years ago, we were at 15%.”</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:57:35 +0000 Bryan Thompson 37912 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Is Ranked 16th for Child Well-Being, But Things May Not Be As They Appear http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-ranked-16th-child-well-being-things-may-not-be-they-appear <p>Kansas is the 16th best state in the nation, in terms of overall child well-being according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in this year's <a href="http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/KIDSCOUNT.aspx">KIDS COUNT Data Book</a>. The report covers 16 measures of child health, economic well-being, family and community, and education. But while Kansas is in the top-third overall, the economic picture for kids in Kansas is not so bright.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:10:40 +0000 Bryan Thompson 19359 at http://kmuw.org