The 2012 Kids Count report, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation,
has found 23 percent of Ohio children lived in poverty in 2010, barely
higher than the national average of 22 percent. Overall, Ohio was No. 35
in terms of poverty with New Hampshire at No. 1 with only 10 percent of
children in poverty.
report puts Ohio ahead of neighbor Kentucky, which had 26 percent of
children in poverty, and Mississippi, which was the worst-faring state
with 33 percent of children in poverty. However, Ohio was barely behind
neighbor Indiana, which had 22 percent of children in poverty.
27 in its overall rank, which measures
economic well-being, education, health care and “family and community”
of children in the United States.
There were some bright spots for Ohio in the report. Ohio was No. 18 in terms of education and No. 24 in terms of health.
the report had some good and bad news for U.S. children and their
parents. It found the poverty rate for children increased by 16 percent
between 2005 and 2010, and children living in high-poverty areas
increased by 22 percent between 2000 and 2006 to 2010. However, the
report found that the number of children without health insurance
dropped by 20 percent between 2008 and 2010, and the amount of eighth
graders not proficient in math dropped by 8 percent between 2005 and
report comes at a time in which children’s health and economic
well-being have already taken the center stage in Cincinnati. The
Children’s Defense Fund has been hosting its first national conference
since 2003 in the city this week. The conference has been looking at
children’s issues, including poverty and health care. Today, Trayvon
Martin’s parents are attending the conference to discuss violence and
racial issues in the United States.