More Michigan Children Living in Poverty than During Great Recession
The annual Kids Count report says more children in Michigan are living in poverty than during the Great Recession.
The report was released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and says Michigan ranks 33rd in the nation in child well-being, down one spot from last year. The report says nearly one in four children lived in poverty in 2013, compared with almost one in five in 2008. Children in high-poverty neighborhoods increased from 340,000 in 2006-2010 to almost 400,000 in 2009-13.
While Michigan improved in child death, low-birth weight baby rates, teen substance abuse and children with health insurance, ABC 12 says the state's lowest ranking was in education, though the survey says recent increased spending on early childhood programs will help.