KIDS COUNT Data Release

Together with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kansas Action for Children recently released the national KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report provides insight into how states compare in terms of child well-being. This year, Kansas ranks 16 in the nation, 12 in education.  On all four measures, stretched over the last five to six years, Kansas improved at rates faster than the national trends.  Most of the years were those in which educational funding was increasing as a result of the Montoy decision. The news was not as good on the poverty front.  Kansas ranked eighth, reflecting the prosperity much of Kansas enjoys, but all four indicators, again stretched over five to six years, showed greater growth in poverty than the national trend. You can read more at