September 12, 2012
The Children’s Defense Fund was at South Central College yesterday to present local results of its kids count report. In our region of the state, including all of congressional district one, the number of children living in poverty has grown from 11 percent to 13 percent in the past five years. The number of children living in single-parent families is up from 22 percent to 26 percent.
How are the children? Not quite as well as they were five years ago, according to the recent Kids Count Report. The Children’s Defense Fund was at South Central College yesterday presenting results of the report. In our area, the number of children receiving reduced price lunches is higher than the state average, the number of children with no health insurance is higher, and the percentage of children reported abused or neglected is also a little higher.
There is a lot more information on the Kids Count data center website… http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/bystate/StateLanding.aspx?state=MN