Geography Matters; Child Well-Being in the States

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Every Child Matters Education Fund

The well-being of children in different states can vary greatly, finds this report, which ranks states on measures of well-being such as infant mortality, child mortality, child poverty, child abuse and neglect, lack of health insurance, teen pregnancy and teen incarceration. Vermont received the best ranking. Compared with Vermont, children in the lowest-ranking states, which include Arizona, South Dakota and Nevada, are three times as likely to die between the ages of 1 and 19, five times as likely to be uninsured, eight times as likely to be incarcerated and 13 times as likely to die from abuse or neglect. The report calls for congressional hearings and government policy initiatives to address these issues. Free, 13 pages. (202) 223-8177,