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Survey: Wisconsin 12th best state for child's well being

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin is the 12th-best state for a child’s well being, up from 15th last year.

That’s according to the annual “Kids Count” survey by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Wisconsin was in the Top 10 as recently as three years ago.

Bob Jacobson of the state’s Council on Children and Families says Wisconsin has long been a good state for kids, mainly due to previous investments in education and health care. However, he says conditions are nowhere near as good as they were before the Great Recession.

About 237,000 Wisconsin children, about one-in-five, lived in poverty in 2011.

The “Kids Count” survey also showed that 32 percent of kids lived in single-parent families, lower than the national average of 35 percent. 60 percent of eligible kids did not attend pre-school, up from the national figure of 53 percent.

Teen births are down, and so is the percentage of Wisconsin kids without health insurance. About 4 percent of children were not covered in 2011, down from 5 percent in 2008. It’s also below the national average of 7 percent.

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