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Hoosier Children's Health Lags Behind In Kids Count

Jun 13, 2017

Children in Indiana are falling behind in a number of health measures according to the latest data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The 2017 Kids Count Data Book looks at children’s well-being in four areas: family, economics, education and health. In the health category, Indiana fell to 35th in the nation, down four spots.

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. Indiana Youth Institute President Tammi Silverman says some of those deaths are preventable.

The Indiana Youth Institute released its annual Kids Count data book Monday. The report measures children’s well-being in five categories: family, economics, education, health and safety.

It highlights the well-being of children in preschool through college – and finds a mixed bag. Overall, it finds, Indiana’s children are “surviving, not thriving.”

We took a dive into how Indiana’s students and school systems measure up.

Major takeaways:

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MENTAL HEALTH  

The Indiana Youth Institute’s annual Kids Count Data Book is out Monday and much of the information focuses on the health of Hoosier kids.

In Indiana, five percent of kids have been diagnosed with serious behavioral problems, four percent with anxiety and three percent with depression. All those rates are higher than the national average.

Study: Number Of Hoosier Kids In Poverty Increasing

Jul 21, 2015
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It’s a mixed bag in terms of economic well-being for Indiana’s children. The Hoosier State worsened in two of four areas in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2015 KIDS Count report.

In 2013, 30-percent of Hoosier kids’ parents lacked secure employment, compared to 28-percent in 2008. That’s despite the state’s unemployment rate dropping to pre-recession levels.

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The number of Hoosier children in poverty is substantially less than officially reported when all government support programs are accounted for.

That’s according to a new data snapshot released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Twenty-nine percent of Hoosier children live at or under the federal poverty line based on the official U.S. poverty measure.

But a new data snapshot released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation contends that the official U.S. poverty measure doesn’t adequately account for government-sponsored poverty intervention programs.

Report: Indiana Second Highest For Incarcerated Parents

Feb 17, 2015
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Here‘s a sobering figure about school kids with jailed parents in Indiana: The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s new "Kids Count" report says Indiana has more children with parents who are or have been incarcerated than most states.

The report ranks Indiana number two in the nation for jailed parents, trailing only Kentucky.

Oklahoma, Ohio and Michigan round out the top five.

Indiana Youth Institute President and CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz says drug activity, particularly the meth epidemic, may play a large role.

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Indiana children are making strides in education, according to new data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS Count report.

Indiana ranks 26th nationally in education this year, ahead eight places from 2013.

The rankings are based on several components, such as high school graduation rates and the percentage of children in pre-kindergarten.

One of the major contributing factors to the increase is an 11-percent improvement in the number of students proficient in both 4th grade reading and 8th grade math.