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America's investment in childhood earns disappointing grade


According to First Focus and Save the Children, two organizations that advocate for children at the state and federal levels, the United States is barely getting a passing grade when it comes to childhood well-being.

The two organizations released America's report card, and gave the country a C-minus overall.

The grades in the report are subjective but were created through a collaborative process of policy experts from both organizations. These grades also match findings from the Anne Casey Foundation's Kids Count Data Book and the Foundation for Child Development's Child Well-Being Index.

The report focused on five areas: economic security, early childhood, k-12 education, permanency and stability, and health and safety. The grades for three of those areas are listed below.

Economic Security: D

Early Childhood: C-

Health and Safety: C+

The other two categories, permanency and stability and k-12 education, earned a D and C-minus respectively. 
Of course the issues affecting children on a national level also affect children right here in Michigan. In some cases, the situation in Michigan is worse.

For example, nearly one-quarter of children in Michigan live in poverty, almost two percentage points higher than the national average.  Michigan also has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the country.

The C-minus isn't failing, but it isn't great either. Both organizations suggest greater attention needs to be given to issues that affect children. That's a common-held belief here at State of Opportunity.

To view the full report, visit First Focus.