Pennsylvania child welfare sees slight improvement

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HARRISBURG — A new report ranks Pennsylvania 16th overall among 50 states in child health and well-being, up from 17th a year ago, as nationally more kids attended preschool but the percentage of children in single-parent households grew and more children grew up in poor communities.

The 25th Kids Count survey released July 22 by The Annie E. Casey Foundation says Pennsylvania resumed improving after dropping three spots last year.

Education indicators in Pennsylvania are improving, with higher percentages of children attending preschool, fourth-graders proficient in reading and eighth-graders proficient in math.

Poverty indicators were mixed, with 20 percent of children living in poverty, up from 17 percent in 2005. Higher percentages of children living in single-parent households and high-poverty areas. Teen births are dropping, as are child and teen deaths.

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