New "Kids Count" data released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows more Kentucky children are living in poverty.
The data shows one in four, or 26% of Kentucky children live in poverty.
That is up from 22 percent in the year 2000.
"Kids Count" ranks Kentucky 48th for the number of children living in poverty.
However, some local educators say they are working to help children succeed in school.
"You have the same expectations for those kids no matter what poverty level they're from. They tend to step up to the plate and do what's needed," said David Nichols, Warfield Middle School principal.
Kentucky ranks 41st overall in kids' well-being.
The state improved in the number of teens in high school and child death rates decreased.