If you follow Voices for Children in Nebraska, you undoubtedly hear a lot about the Kids Count in Nebraska Report, but you may not know much about the national report. The National Data Book takes data from all 50 states, compares states, and provides a ranking. This report can easily tell us how Nebraska is doing when compared to other states in the same year, or similarly to Kids Count in Nebraska, tells us how we have improved or worsened in several different areas.
The 2013 National KIDS COUNT Data Book will be released Monday, June 24, and until then we cannot tell you how Nebraska did this year. We can however, review how we did last year and talk about what is included in the report.
The Data Book presents the latest trends in four categories:
- Economic Well-Being
- Health and Family
Each of these categories includes 4 indicators and captures the latest trends, starting pre-recession and end with the most recent year of available data, either 2010 or 2011.
In last year’s Data Book Nebraska did very well, ranking 9th in the country for Overall Child Well-Being. Nebraska ranked 2nd in Economic Well-Being, 12th in Health, and 15th in both Education and Family and Community.
Be sure to check with Voices for Children on Monday for the release of this year’s rankings and the KIDS COUNT Data Book!