Face the Facts

“Is Florida really the worst in terms of child well being?”

 

HEALTH

  • Florida ranks 47th in Children's Health by the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2016 Kids Count Survey.

  • About 9 percent, or 378,000 of our children, do not have health insurance, versus a national average of 6 percent.

  • Over 19,000 babies are born in Florida each year weighing under 5 ½ pounds.

  • More than 12,800 females, ages 15-19 give birth annually in Florida, a rate of 23 births per 1,000.

  • Over 1.1 million children in Florida face food insecurity according to Feeding Florida.

 

EDUCATION

 

  • Florida ranks 30th in Education by the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2016 Kids Count Survey.

  • About 50%, or 223,000 young children, in Florida are not in school.

  • Over 23% of Florida's high school students do not graduate on time.

  • Florida ranks 45th in state spending on education as a percentage of total resources.

  • As a state, Florida spends only 2.7% of its resources on education.

  • Only 77.9 percent of Florida’s public high school students graduate with a diploma.​​

 

SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC

 

  • Florida ranks 44th in Children & Family Economic Well-Being by the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2016 Kids Count Survey.

  • About 24% of Florida's children live at or below poverty.

  • Over 40% of children in Florida live in a single-parent household, accounting for over 1,475,000 children.

1 Annie E Casey Foundation (2016). Kids count data book: state trends in wellbeing. Retrieved from http://www.aecf.org/resources/2016-kids-count-data-book/#state-rankings

 

2 Education Week (2017). Quality counts, 2017. Retrieved from: http://www.edweek.org/ew/qc/2017/state-highlights/2017/01/04/florida-state-highlights-report-page.html

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