Greg Emerson, Main Street
Oh, children. When will they learn? Never, it turns out, if they happen to live in one of the states in the U.S. with a poor record of quality of life for kids. In the Foundation for Child Development’s latest Child and Youth Well-Being Index<>, the group looked at 28 indicators (most focusing on children under 18 but some including young adults in their 20s) in seven categories to calculate its state-by-state index. The seven areas include family economic well-being, health, safe/risky behavior, educational attainment, community engagement, social relationships and emotional/spiritual well-being, which were given specific weights to calculate the index, on a scale of -1 to 1.
“This report shows that a strong relationship exists between children’s well-being and state policies that drive investments in children,” the report says. “The gap between public opinion and public investments in children remains large.”