A new report says North Carolina has improved on six of 10 key indicators for child well-being, including family income, health and education.
The annual Kids Count state-by-state survey released Tuesday by
the Annie E. Casey Foundation says North Carolina now ranks 37th in
the nation on child well-being, up from 38th a year ago.
The survey attributed the improvements to public investments in children since 2000 but said those improvements are at risk because
of the economic downturn.
Infant mortality dropped to 8.1 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2006 from 8.6 in 2000. That's still higher than the national average of 6.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2006.
More children had parents with secure employment, but the number
of children living in poverty continued to grow.
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