The survey found little change from last year, although Mississippi has shown improvements over the last decade, with fewer children in poverty, more high school students graduating on time and fewer teen births.
The Kids Count analysis released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation focuses on economic, education, health, family and community trends for children over a roughly seven-year period ending in 2017.
Mississippi still struggles with 27% of children living in poverty and nearly a quarter living in neighborhoods surrounded by other poor people. Mississippi Kids Count co-director Linda Southward urges policymakers to seek ways to lift families from poverty.
The state’s child and teen death rate has worsened since 2010, while low birth-weight babies have improved.
BEFORE YOU GO…
… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.
If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.Click for more info