The report measures child well-being in four areas: family and community, economic, education and health.
"As the result of generational inequalities and systemic barriers, on many indicators, children of color continued to face steep barriers to success", the national Kids Count report says. African Americans and Hispanics also had higher rates of low birth weights, single-parent households, families where the head of household lacks a high school diploma and children living in high poverty areas.
"We really need to think about this in economic terms-it's an economic development issue", Southward said. Southward said research shows that families and children who receive the tax credit perform better in school and earn more as adults.
Advocates say that advance is in jeopardy, however, with President Donald Trump's push to overhaul health insurance and that access to coverage is only a start in improving the health of New Mexico's children. Anna Rowan is the Kids Count manager for the advocacy group, Voices for Illinois Children.
There was a significant increase in the number of teen and children deaths and an eleven percent increase in the number of homicides and suicides.
Diving deeper, the Kids Count data show that 60 percent of fourth-graders in Washington were not reading at grade level in 2015, though that's an improvement over the 2009 rate of 67 percent.
IN ranked 14th in education.
"Whenever Kentucky is batting 100 percent of improvement in any sector, we do need to hit the pause button and celebrate", he adds.
The Tennessee Promise scholarship program, especially, is attributed to helping reduce the number of kids age 16 to 19 not in school or not working, a key economic indicator of child welfare on the report, according to Linda O'Neal, executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.
The Casey Foundation says health insurance not only leads to better health outcomes for kids, but it also protects families financially.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana has made a few strides in the overall well-being of its children, but there are some areas that need attention - most importantly, the child death rate.
They examine childhood health, economic well-being, education, and family criteria like teen pregnancy and poverty rates. Rice said child poverty in Georgia fell below 25 percent for the first time since the recent recession. Hunt says if the state is serious about improving, it needs to put its money where its mouth is. "It does give us the message that Kentucky can make a positive difference when there's a laser-like focus on an arena".