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This report provides an alternative way of viewing the ranking of states according to child well-being. Second, this study adjusted each indicator of child well-being to take into account demographics, specifically the percent black children in each state. This report argues that a ranking ought to allow a state with a historically large number of African Americans to rank well if they make gains from where they have been or where they would be expected to be based on demography. This report concludes the importance of utilizing various statistical methodologies to measure child well-being.
In this report we examine the results of a comprehensive composite state-level index of child well-being modeled after the Foundation for Child Development‘s (FCD) Child Well-Being Index (CWI). This study uses data from 2007 to update a similar study published some years ago that was based on data from 2003. The years (2003 and 2007) are selected because that is when the National Survey of Children‘s Health (NSCH) data have been collected and the NSCH is the only state-level source of data for several key indicators of child well-being.
The study examines the wellbeing of children in low income families that would help to illuminate how well states are doing in providing resources for the most vulnerable children.