Children’s outcomes are dependent on investment in their caregivers

The Kids Count Data Book, which has looked at information about youth in Alabama since 1994, recently reported that Alabama ranks 47th in the nation in the well-being of children.

The report, which documents and tracks the health, education, safety and economic security of children, is used to push policies for children.

“Alright, here’s a hot take: Unless you had been living underneath a rock, we know that health, education, safety and economic well-being are all interconnected,” said Collier Tynes, CEO of VOICES for Alabama’s Children. “If you didn’t know that before COVID, you know that now.”

“If you’ve been looking at the data closely over the year, we know from the pandemic, a lot of these issues are not new, but from the pandemic, we know that the issues have been further exposed and exacerbated,” said Tynes .

Shelby County was rated the best county for children in Alabama out of 67. Tuscaloosa County was 28th, Etowah 38th and Montgomery County 51st. Greene County was last at 67th.

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