November 17, 2021

2021 child well-being rankings have been released

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

WCJB Staff writes:

"GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - North Central Florida isn’t doing well by its children by one study’s criteria.

The Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added] has released its 2021 child well-being rankings. The highest-ranking of any county in our area is Union County at number 13 in the state. The next best is Gilchrist County at 35."


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