DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new national report on the well-being of children ranks Iowa third in the nation, up four places from last year.
The Kids Counts report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Iowa ranks first among all states in health, third in economic well-being and seventh in the family and community category. Iowa is 13th in education.
The Baltimore-based privately funded Casey foundation provides grants to help disadvantaged children and families. It has released Kids Counts reports the last 25 years.
It says Iowa has made some of the biggest improvements among states. It also points out more children live in poverty, but that's just one indicator.
Michael Crawford, the Iowa Kids Count director, says that's a reflection of the lasting impact of the recession on some families.