SC ranking on children’s well-being improves slightly

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A national report shows the overall well-being of South Carolina’s children improved slightly, even as poverty worsens.

The Kids Count survey released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Children’s Trust of South Carolina shows the state ranks 41st overall in a child’s chance of succeeding. That’s up from 42nd last year and the highest ranking South Carolina’s achieved in the report’s existence.

The annual findings cover a variety of indicators, including economics, education and health.

More than one in four South Carolina children lives in poverty, or about 289,000 children.

The parents of one in three children lack a secure job. More than 40 percent of children live in single-parent homes.

Children’s health is the only area where South Carolina shows across-the-board improvement, ranking 37th nationwide.

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Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP . Read more of her work at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/meg-kinnard/

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