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When you say that kids in Louisiana are struggling, it's really not surprising.  Sad, sure - but when you see survey after survey indicating that our state could be doing much better for our children.  That being said, the results of the 2021 KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation still caught me by surprise.

Every year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation compiles data from around the country in regards to kid's wellbeing.  This exhaustive report takes into account the factors that impact their daily life and prospects for the future - and it doesn't look good for children in Louisiana.

The 2021 edition of this annual ranking utilized 2019 data on things like poverty, educational opportunities, health, family, and community.  Once the numbers were crunched, Louisiana came in ahead of only two states: Mississippi (49th), and New Mexico (50th).  Keep in mind, this is using pre-COVID data.  Experts agree that issues related to the pandemic could have very likely made things worse for kids in our state.

It's not all bad news, however.  According to the Louisiana Radio Network's interview with Annie E. Casey Foundation President and CEO Lisa Hamilton - we are headed in the right direction.  The Sportsman's Paradise is making headway when it comes to improving investment in education and healthcare for children.  In fact, when you look at healthcare for kids in our state, we're actually beating the national average.  Currently, only around 4% of the children in our state lack adequate healthcare compared to the national average of 6%.


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