Alabama just landed its highest rank ever in the Kids Count Data Book - which measures child well-being across the country – however it still lags behind most states. Alabama came in at number 42 in the annual report. The data book uses 16 indicators to come up with its rankings. One area of strength for the state is the number of teenagers in the country who abused alcohol or drugs. Alabama had the fewest of any other state at 4 percent. The state also ranked second nationally with only 2 percent of all children lacking access to health insurance. At the other end of the spectrum, the state rated among the very worst for low birth-weight babies and child-and-teen deaths.
Executive Director for Voices for Alabama’s Children Rhonda Mann says the state has made great strides over the last few years, but she is encouraging lawmakers to study the Kids Count Data Book for insight into where work needs to be done.