Nebraska ranks number 11 in the nation for child well-being. According to the latest Kids Count Report Nebraska dopped from number nine largely because of increasing rates of teen death and child poverty.
“We’ve seen inflation increase quite a bit in the last several years and costs continue to go up especially with health care, child care, and transportation and those are very important needs for familiaes that families are having a hard time meeting.”
Nebraska is cited for imprioved rates of infant mortality, child deaths, teen births and high school dropouts. But five areas have worsened: low birth-weight babies, teen death rate, children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment, children in poverty and children in single-parent families.