Report: Ark. children well-being slightly better

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An annual report on the well-being of children in the United States shows slight improvement in Arkansas.

The state's ranking improved from 42nd to 40th among the 50 states in the Kids Count report released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The foundation ranks states based on four areas - economic well-being; education; health; and family and community issues.

Arkansas ranks 39th in economic factors that include poverty; 36th in education; 30th in health issues such as low-birth weight babies and children without health insurance; and 45th in family and community indicators that include children in single parent homes and the number of teenagers giving birth.

New Hampshire ranks first in the survey and New Mexico is 50th.

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