Iowa’s High Rank In ‘Kids Count’ Report Isn’t All Good News

Iowa — The annual Kids Count report ranks Iowa 7th in the US for child well-being, down one slot from last year.

The Annie E-Casey Foundation report looks at child economic well-being, education, health and family, and community. Anne Discher is executive director of Common Good Iowa, which advocates for children and families. Discher says it’s easy to focus on Iowa’s overall high ranking, but she’s concerned because the state’s education ranking dropped four places.

She says it’s important to keep in mind things like historic and structural racism in reports like this.

Iowa’s rankings fell in each category as compared to last year’s report, except for economic well-being where Iowa remains third in the nation.


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