Report sheds light on child well-being in Indiana, Michigan
The 2018 Kids Count Data Book is shedding light on kids' well-being across the nation, including in Indiana and Michigan.
The report ranked kids' welfare across four categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.
Overall, Indiana ranked 28th, the same as last year.
The Hoosier state's best category is education at number 14. The report specifically mentioned the On My Way Pre-K program, concluding that preschool programs have a significant impact on a child's future education. As of January 2018, that program is available in several Michiana counties, including Elkhart, Marshall, Kosciusko and St. Joseph.
Indiana is still struggling in the health category, ranking 31st. The report mentioned the opioid crisis in the Hoosier state as a significant health threat to kids.
Overall, Michigan ranked 33rd, down from 32nd last year.
The state is particularly struggling in education, ranking 38th. The report found that 65% of students are not career and college ready, with kids from low-income families struggling the most.