Welfare Watch July 21, 2015  -  Georgia Jumps Two Spots to 40th in National Ranking of Child and Family Well-Being

 State continues to improve, but still lags the nation, presenting big challenges and opportunities  

Georgia climbed two spots to 40th in an annual national ranking of child and family well-being. But even with the improved ranking, more than one in four of Georgia’s kids still struggle to get basic necessities to live healthy and productive lives, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book, which looks at health, education, economic well-being, and family and community. Kids who live in poverty lack access to healthy food, consistent medical care, and high-quality education. They’re also more likely to be victims of abuse or neglect, and to experience prolonged toxic stress, which can inhibit healthy brain development in young children.





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