Both Kansas and Missouri stayed in the middle tier of states in the new KIDS COUNT survey released Tuesday, but Kansas had the third-largest drop in child well-being ratings in the nation.
Overall, Kansas fell from 15th place last year to 19th. Missouri slipped from 26th to 28th.
Health scores improved for Missouri kids but slid 11 places for Kansas.
Missouri came up three positions on economic well-being, Kansas held steady at No. 9.