West Virginia’s KIDS COUNT Lists 16 Factors

For the 30th anniversary of ‘s KIDS COUNT, the organization took a step back and revamped the way it does its annual state data book, which details the well-being of children growing up in the Mountain State, said Tricia Kingery, executive director of the agency.

This year’s data book includes all the metrics that comprise the national organization’s data book — 16 factors split between economic well-being, education, health and family and community — as well as 13 categories identified as emerging well-being indicators specifically for children in West Virginia.

The indicators in the state book are detailed at the county level to the extent the data is available. The additions to the data book were a two-year undertaking, Kingery said, and she hopes the information can help policymakers identify and address rising issues and trends that may threaten the welfare of the state’s children.

“Every area, every state has different challenges …

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