Report ranks Hawaii 24th in child well-being

Published: Jul. 25, 2012 at 7:50 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Economic conditions for Hawaii's children have worsened over the past several years, but there have been gains made in education.

An annual report released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Hawaii 24th overall in key indicators of child well-being. Last year's data ranked the Aloha State 26th.

The study found that 14 percent of Hawaii's children lived in poverty in 2010, up from 13 percent in 2005. Thirty percent of children in 2010 had parents whose parents lack secure employment, compared with 26 percent in 2008.

Children not attending preschool from 2008-10 was 46 percent, an improvement from 52 percent during 2005-07. The percent of fourth-graders not proficient in reading and the percent of eighth-graders no proficient in math decreased between 2005 and 2011.

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