Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 1, 2014

Report: W.Va. last in well-being of white children


Associated Press

CHARLESTON — A private foundation says the well-being of West Virginia’s white children is the worst in the country, while black children in the state fare slightly above the national average.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released the findings Tuesday as part of its Kids Count project.

The report found West Virginia has the lowest score for the overall well-being of white children. Black children ranked 25th out of 50.

The report is based on 12 indicators, among them normal birth weights, preschool enrollment, living conditions and proficiency on math and reading tests.

Officials say the report should serve as a benchmark for local policy, funding and business decisions.