Survey: N.J. kids gain in health; poverty persists

    A national survey finds that New Jersey ranks among the top states in children’s health and education.

    But the Kids Count data book being released today also finds that the number of children living in poverty in New Jersey continues to grow.

    New Jersey is in first place when it comes to the high percentage of young children attending preschool. The state makes a strong showing in children’s education overall, ranking second in the nation behind Massachusetts.

     

    But the survey found a rise in child poverty in 2012, with New Jersey ranking 19th in the nation for the economic well-being of children and families.

    The annual survey by the Annie E. Casey Foundation measures 16 indicators in the categories of economic well-being, education, health and family and community well-being.

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