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Arizona Kids Count Data Shows Successes, Declines in Kids’ Conditions

canstockphoto8108866New county-level statistics compiled by Children’s Action Alliance, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, show a detailed insight into child poverty, academic achievement, child safety and juvenile crime in Arizona. The 2016 Arizona KIDS COUNT Data Book analyzes five years of data from 2009 – 2014, comparing conditions for kids and families from a difficult economic period during and after the nation slowly emerged from the Great Recession. The report also includes a look into the lives of Arizona families affected by public policies.

The astronomical increase in the number of kids in foster care shows a dire need for greater investment in prevention services for at-risk families. Additionally, the data finds that improvements in high school graduation rates have stalled and more than half of Arizona children live in low income families.

The data isn’t all negative, as there are some signs of progress:

  • The rate of youth arrested for violent crime dropped by more than a third between 2009 and 2015 statewide and fell in every Arizona county
  • The percentage of babies born to mothers with less than a high school education fell statewide and in 12 of the state’s 15 counties

The full report is available for download on our website by clicking here.

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