Boston Globe | MA leads the nation in new Kids Count report

classroom childrenThe Annie E. Casey Foundation just released their 25th annual report on the well-being of children in the U.S., and Massachusetts has a lot to be thankful for.

According to the report, kids in our state lead the country in educational achievement and health insurance coverage — and we owe that to policy that have helped us lead the way.

 Massachusetts ranked first in education; second in health; eighth in family and community; and 13th in economic well-being.

The takeaway from the report?

‘‘The investments we have made in our children have helped them to be better prepared to succeed than children anywhere else in America,’’ said Noah Berger, President of MassBudget, the state Kids Count group. ‘‘Yet, far too many of our children are still being left behind.’’

Read the full article outlining the report on the Boston Globe here.

There is no doubt that the combined efforts of human service workers, educators and parents in Massachusetts have played  huge part in distinguishing our state. Still, a whopping three out of every 20 kids in Massachusetts are living in poverty. While that is better than the national average, that proves we have a lot of work ahead of us. Read this op-ed that puts our leadership into a global context.

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