TOPEKA –This week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The new report shows that of the 16 indicators analyzed, Kansas has improved in 13 of these areas, among them, childhood poverty.
“We are pleased to see that this Administration’s poverty-prevention efforts are effective,” Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said. “Compared to last year’s report, 3,000 fewer Kansas children are in poverty. We have work to do to break the cycle of poverty, but clearly, we are making progress and families are becoming self-sufficient.”
According to the report, Kansas ranks 15th overall in the country. The state ranks ninth in the nation for economic well-being. With the exception of Nebraska, no other neighboring states ranked as high as Kansas.
The report compares 2013 to 2008 data. Although it would appear, based on this comparison, that Kansas’ childhood poverty rate is worsening, Kansas has improved over recent years, post-recession.