2016 National KIDS COUNT Data Book

2016KCDB_badge03_400pxMichigan dropped to 40th in the nation for children’s education, according to the new 2016 KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie. E. Casey Foundation. In Michigan, more than half of young children are not in preschool, 71 percent of fourth-graders are not proficient in reading, and 71 percent of eighth-graders are not proficient in math.

Michigan was ranked 31st overall in child well-being, up from 33rd in 2015. The state is still behind all other Great Lakes states: Minnesota (1st ), Wisconsin (13th), Illinois (21st ), Ohio (26th ) and Indiana (30th ).

While navigating their own family challenges, an increasing number of our young people are also growing up in neighborhoods that lack the resources and support services they need to thrive. Since 2006-2010, the percent of children living in high-poverty areas in Michigan increased to 17 percent, up from 14 percent. Only six states have a higher rate of children living in high-poverty neighborhoods. The percent of children living in poverty (23 percent) and whose parents lack secure employment (32 percent) both worsened over the last year.

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Find more state and community-level data by going to KIDS COUNT data center.