Every year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation releases the Kids Count Data Book, a comprehensive, 50-state look at child welfare. This year, Arkansas ranks 47th place in economic well-being, a staggering fall from 36th place last year. We have more kids living in poverty; in families where parents lack secure employment; in homes with a high housing burden; and more teens are not attending school and not working. It’s time to enact smarter public policy to address some of the big economic, health, education, child welfare, and juvenile justice issues affecting kids. In our newest infographic, we highlight some of the policies that could make a big difference in the well-being of all Arkansas children.
Read more about this year’s Kids Count Data Book and its findings here.