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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Survey: Well-being of Okla. children improves

  • OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An annual report on the well-being of children in the United States shows improvement in Oklahoma.
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  • OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An annual report on the well-being of children in the United States shows improvement in Oklahoma.
     
    The state's ranking improved from 40th to 36th among the 50 states in the Kids Count report released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation.
     
    The foundation ranks states based on four areas — economic well-being; education; health; and family and community issues.
     
    Oklahoma ranks 25th in economic factors that include poverty; 40th in education; 43rd in health issues such as low-birth weight babies and children without health insurance; and 39th in family and community indicators that include children in single parent homes and the number of teenagers giving birth.
     
    New Hampshire ranks first overall in the survey and New Mexico is 50th.
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