Arkansas Makes Progress in Child Well-Being Rankings

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Arkansas sees a shift in the rankings when it comes to investments being made in the well-being of children.

In one year the state improved to 42nd in the country, up from 47th. The Annie E. Casey Foundation puts out the annual rankings that are based on economic well being, education, family and community and health.  According to the report released Wednesday, Arkansas made strides in health and education, but fell behind in poverty.
"We did better in health and education so that's where arkansas is making strides. We moved up in rankings in terms of kids who have access to health insurance and children who have access to early childhoond education for example," explains Laura Kellams, NWA Director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.

As far as what will happen next, Kellams suggests looking to others who are doing things better.

"For example, New Hampshire is number one. We can look at New Hampshir and say what are they doing from education, to infant mortality, to children's health? What are they doing that is different from what we're doing and would it work in Arkansas? Would it be an investment we could make and improve kids lives here," says Kellams.

In the report, economic well-being was an area that was down not just in Arkansas, but the rest of the nation. The state came in at 39th overall in that category. Kellams tells 5NEWS it's an issue that rings true in Northwest Arkansas, which has some of the highest concentration poverty areas in the state.

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