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TN Ranked 39th in Child Well-Being Study

News release from Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth:
Tennessee is 39th in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2013 National KIDS COUNT Data Book ranking of child well-being released today.
Rankings on 16 indicators are clustered in four domains — Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. Tennessee improved slightly on two domains, held steady on one, and dropped on another.
“Child well-being is a barometer of the current and future well-being of the state,” said Linda O’Neal, executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, state affiliate of the KIDS COUNT program, “and while we are disappointed Tennessee’s 2013 composite ranking dropped from 36th in 2012 after three years of ‘best ever’ state rankings, we are pleased to see progress in several indicators.
“Emphasis on keeping children in school in Tennessee resulted in the state scoring better than the national average in the percent of high school students graduating on time and of children in families where the household head has a high school diploma.”

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TN Ranked 36th in ‘Overall Well-Being’ of Children

When it comes to the “Overall Well-Being” of its children, Tennessee can say it’s moved up among the states, reports the News Sentinel.
Last year, Tennessee ranked No. 39 in the Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT National Data Book. This year, it’s No. 36 — higher than most other Southern states.
Did life improve for Tennessee children? Yes, in some ways.
But the nonprofit foundation also changed the way it ranks states. This year’s rankings center around four main categories: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health and Family and Community. In each category, the state looked at four “key indicators.”
It was in the Health category that Tennessee scored highest, ranking No. 16 among all states and driving up its overall ranking. Tennessee showed improvement in each of the four indicators, including a modest (3 percent) drop in low-birthweight babies but notable improvements in the number of teens reportedly abusing alcohol and drugs (5 percent, compared to 8 percent in 2005-2006) and the number of child and teen deaths (18 percent fewer, though still higher than the national average).
In addition, the number of children without health insurance decreased by 29 percent, to a number lower than the national average.


Note: the Kids Count Data Book is available HERE.