TEXAS, USA — Texas has some work to do when it comes to the well-being of children.
However, there has been some improvement.
In 2018, the "Kids Count" report ranked Texas No. 43 overall compared to the rest of the country. In 2019 they ranked 41, but that still puts Texas in the bottom 10.
The report looks at how children are being cared for and the environments they’re growing up in.
The Kids Count report focuses on four key areas: health, education, economic well-being and family and community.
There are more than 1.5 million children in poverty in Texas, which is double the national average.
Cassie Davis with the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) said that can negatively impact a child’s future.
“Essentially, when children are in poverty, they start their life out in poverty and this affects their whole life," she explained. "I think it's telling to not only the children, but also the families and we need to do more to support our children and families with policies whether that's paid sick leave or fair wages.”
Other areas of concern include the teen birth rate, a lack of health insurance for children and high schoolers not graduating on time.
Advocates said the only real way to improve these stats is through making policy changes.
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