Report: One in four Kentucky kids lives in poverty

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - A new report shows one in four Kentucky children lives in poverty.

The annually-published Kids Count Data Book also finds that Kentucky ranks 35th in the country in the well-being of children.

"With the big game coming up this weekend, I don’t think the fans of the University of Louisville or the University of Kentucky would be satisfied if their team was 35th in national rankings," Kentucky Youth Advocates executive director Terry Brooks told the Courier-Journal.

Wolfe County has the worst child poverty rate in the state at 57.9 percent. Elliot County was second at 50.6 percent, the paper reported.

But not all the numbers are bad for the state. The report shows a drop in births to mothers with no high school degree, from 22 percent in 2004-06 to 20.6 percent in 2007-09.

“We still have a long way to go in making sure our kids are proficient, especially in reading and math,” Stu Silberman, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, told the paper. “We’re making some progress, but we’re not where we want to be yet. There’s a tremendous amount of work to be done compared to where we want to be."

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