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"Kids Count Data Book 2017"

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The percentage of children living in poverty has fallen slightly over the past six years, as has the percentage of children whose parents lack secure employment and those whose families face a high housing-cost burden, according to an analysis of national data compiled in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count Data Book.

But the data book also finds places where child well-being is slipping, according to the foundation's measures: The percentage of 3- and 4-year-olds not in preschool has risen slightly. Put together, the data show overall steady improvement over previous years, but with areas of continuing concern.

The foundation uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the federal Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Department of Education and other sources for its annual assessment of child well-being. It tracks four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

Vol. 36, Issue 36, Page 4

Published in Print: June 21, 2017, as Early Education
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