LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It will be a bittersweet birthday celebration for America in our region this weekend. That's because two-thirds of America's children are better off than the children in Kentucky and most children in Indiana according to the latest Kids Count report - the annual national measure of children's well-being by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
We are certainly happy for the other children nationwide but want ours to join them.
We appreciate living in the best country in the world and part of what makes us best is the spirit to better ourselves.
We have a way to go in our region as 26% of Kentucky's children live in poverty and 22% of Indiana children live in homes at or below the poverty line. Overall, Kentucky ranked 35th among the states in child well-being and Indiana 30th.
Positives in the report are just 4% of Kentucky children and 7% of Indiana children lacked health coverage, and both states saw declines in teen birth rates and increases in education ranking among children.
We understandably get excited when our area college teams rank in the top 20. Let's get equally excited about working toward helping our children rank in the top 20.