BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A new report says strong local economies and an oil boom have helped the Dakotas lead the nation in terms of economic well-being for children.
But the 25th annual Kids Count report says there’s still room for improvement in education and the number of children living in poverty. The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation is being released Tuesday.
The economic well-being category measures the percentage of children in poverty, along with parental employment, housing costs and the number of teens working or in school. The report takes information from 2012, the most recent year for which data is available.
But the report also notes that most children ages 3 and 4 in the two states are not attending nursery or preschool.
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