Quantcast

Virginia Ranks 11th in Nation for Child Well Being

Posted: Updated:
2016 Kids Count Data Book 2016 Kids Count Data Book
Margaret Nimmo Crowe, executive director at Voices for Virginia’s Children Margaret Nimmo Crowe, executive director at Voices for Virginia’s Children
RICHMOND, Va. (WVIR) -

A new report ranks Virginia as 11th in the nation when it comes to the well being of children.

The 2016 Kids Count Data Book was released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation Tuesday. 

The report bumped Virginia up three spots in the national ranking of kid’s wellness, however there are some troubling trends.

The report finds 300,000 kids in Virginia live in poverty, which is up since the great recession.

"When kids grow up in poverty it actually affects the architecture of their brain. It affects the way their brain develops so that they can't do as well in school and it affects their future physical and mental health,” said Margaret Nimmo Crowe, executive director at Voices for Virginia’s Children. 

Advocates at Voices for Virginia’s Children say they're pleased to see more children have health insurance, but there are still 100,000 who are not covered.