Poverty grips more than a quarter of Kentucky’s kids.
About 260,000 children in Kentucky live in poverty, and more are living in pockets of poverty across the state than in years prior, according to the 2016 Kids Count report.
The report is produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and co-released with Kentucky Youth Advocates.
Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, called this year’s findings bad news for Kentucky’s kids and families. The state ranks 35th in the overall economic well-being of children, per the report. That’s a slightly worse ranking than in 2015, Brooks said.
“Are we, as a commonwealth, content with being in the bottom third of states when it comes to child well-being,” he said.