Though we’ve seen the rate drop over time, Arkansas has had the nation’s highest teen birth rate every year since 2013.
Between 2016 and 2020, Arkansas had the third-highest increase in childhood depression and anxiety, behind California and South Dakota.
Arkansas still has a long way to go to get to number one in child health and well-being.
Educating the next generation of Arkansans is one of our greatest responsibilities.
A state budget that puts more dollars toward programs to help children and families, like childcare for infants and toddlers, early childhood education, affordable housing, and health care for moms and babies would do more to help all Arkansans.
The lack of disaggregated data is especially troubling for Arkansas as, according to research from the Census Bureau, Arkansas has the highest undercount in the 2020 Census of any state at 5%.