The KIDS COUNT Data Book has been examining the educational, social, economic and physical well-being of children for more than a quarter century. In 2016, the annual study ranked Connecticut fifth in the nation for the overall well-being of its children. The state ranked second in children’s health and third in youth education. The report shows approximately 15 percent of Connecticut children live in poverty, up three percent since 2008. Twenty-eight percent of the state’s children were part of families in which no parent had secure employment, a four percent increase from 2008. In its report, the Casey Foundation recommends expanding access to high-quality Pre-K and early childhood services so that all children are prepared to succeed in school, as well as increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers and providing paid family leave to help families balance their obligations at home and in the workplace.
Connecticut's full profile from the report is available at http://www.aecf.org/m/databook/2016KC_profiles_CT.pdf.