November 17, 2021

Florida had improved on factors that influence childhood success before the pandemic

Bailey LeFever writes:

"Before the pandemic, several counties in the greater Tampa Bay region were improving on factors that influence healthy childhood development, according to the newly released Florida Child Well-Being Index.

The report, compiled by the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], uses several years of data through 2020, collected during the annual Kids Count survey. It ranks counties based on 16 factors including poverty rates, education, birth weight and the number of uninsured children, said Norín Dollard, director of Florida Kids Count.

'Heading into the pandemic, indicators were improving,' Dollard said. 'We were building a foundation. Not to say that we didn't have work to do, but we had been making strides.'"


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