Rhode Island Slips In National Rankings For Child Well-Being

Jul 21, 2015

Rhode Island’s ranking for child well-being has dropped from last year, according to a new report from the child advocacy group Kids Count. 

Kids Count 2015 data book

The ranking released Tuesday puts Rhode Island at 31st in the nation, down from 26th. Rhode Island Kids Count Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant said the main reason for the decline is the economy.

"The percentage of children living in poverty has worsened from 15 percent in 2008 to 22 percent in 2013," said Bryant.

Rhode Island improved slightly on education measures such as the number of students reading at grade level at the end of 3rd grade. The state ranked 12th in the nation for child health, but continues to rank last in New England overall.

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