According to a new report produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Georgia ranks 38th in the nation as it relates to the overall well-being of children.
The 2021 KIDS COUNT Data Book, which includes data from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, aims to shed light on how children in every state were faring before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rebecca Rice, Georgia’s KIDS COUNT manager, was a guest on Thursday’s edition of “Closer Look.”
She told show host Rose Scott Georgia has stalled in 38th place for at least two consecutive years.
“Georgia has made some improvement but we still have a way to go,” explained Rice. “Yes, our poverty rate went down and it’s the lowest it’s been in a decade. It’s still higher than the national average.”
Rice further explained that she believes the long-term solutions involve the state investing in Georgians and the systems that affect them.
Economic well-being, education, health, family and community are the categories that each state is ranked by for the annual report.
To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.