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Study Says Well-Being Of White Children In WV Worst In Nation

Reported: Apr. 1, 2014 11:38 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 1, 2014 1:06 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON W.Va. (Fallon Pierson, AP) -- A private foundation said the well-being of West Virginia's white children is the worst in the country, while black children in the state fare slightly above the national average.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released the findings Tuesday as part of its Kids Count project.

The report found West Virginia has the lowest score for the overall well-being of white children. Black children ranked 25th out of 50.

The report is based on 12 indicators, among them normal birth weights, preschool enrollment, living conditions and proficiency on math and reading tests.

Officials said the report should serve as a benchmark for local policy, funding and business decisions.

"Probably the best thing is for communities to look at the data and talk about ways they can increase opportunities for poor kids and African-Americans. We think the big answer is having programs for infants and toddlers, for 3-year-olds as well as 4-year-olds," said Margie Hale, executive director of Kids Count.

The index shows that at the national level, no one racial group has all kids meeting all the milestones they are supposed to. Asian and Pacific Islander children have the highest index score. White children came in second.

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