INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new national report shows that health and education are continuing to improve for children in Indiana but they’re still struggling with high rates of poverty.
In this year’s Kids Count data book released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Indiana ranked 32nd in the country for overall child well-being. The state fell five spots from the foundation’s report last year.
But the Indiana Youth Institute says conditions haven’t worsened in the state. It says Indiana’s lower ranking is due to significant improvements in five other states.
Indiana improved in 11 out of 16 indicators measuring health, education, economics, and family and community.
The report found that more Indiana children have health insurance and fewer are abusing drugs and alcohol.
However, about 22 percent of Indiana children were living in poverty in 2013.