Reporting Fred Bodimer
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The new Kids Count 2013 annual report is out and child poverty is still on the rise nationally.
Illinois children are doing slightly better than Missouri kids, according to the report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Illinois is ranked 23rd in the nation for the well being of its children, down two from last year. Missouri comes in at 27th on the list, down one from 2012.
Missouri saw improvements in fourth grade reading proficiency and eighth grade math proficiency, an increase in children attending preschool, and fewer high school students not graduating on time.
Those rising indicators helped move Missouri from 24 in the nation to 21, when it comes to education.
In Missouri, 22 percent of children live in poverty, an increase of three percent over the last year.
Illinois also has a child poverty rate of 22 percent, but that number has gone up by six percent.
When it comes to health, Missouri experienced a slight increase in low weight babies from 8.1 to 8.2 percent. In Illinois, it dropped from 8.5 to 8.3 percent.
Children living without insurance in Missouri stayed the same at 7 percent, while it dropped from six to four percent in Illinois.