Nebraska placed 10th overall in the latest Kids Count report.
Chrissy Tonkinson, research coordinator with Voices for Children in Nebraska, says that is two points lower than last year’s ranking.
They look at four categories that include economy, education, health and family & community.
Tonkinson says Nebraska’s education and health scores are up but there are worrisome trends in child poverty scores. In Nebraska, 18% of children live in poverty, up from 15% in 2005. The number of children living in high poverty areas increased to 7%, more than doubling since 2000. The percentage of children living in single parent families is up significantly – 35% in 2012 compared to 25% in 1990.
This report shows that parents are working hard but there is an upward trend in child poverty numbers that is troubling. Those numbers show families are not able to earn enough to meet all of their child’s basic needs without assistance. This kind of economic insecurity could have enormous consequences.
Education and health categories show improvement. Nebraska has seen a reduction in the number of children not attending preschool and math and reading proficiency scores are good. Nebraska also saw improvements in the number of low-birth weight babies and the number of children without health insurance is on the decline.