January 11, 2024

Okaloosa, Walton counties rank in top 10 in state for child well-being, annual report says

Collin Bestor, Northwest Florida Daily News writes:

"Okaloosa and Walton counties made significant improvements in the latest annual report of the Florida Child Well-Being Index, according to the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added].

In the previous report released in December 2022, Okaloosa was ranked 21st, while Walton ranked 50th. In the new report, both counties improved to positions in the top 10, with Walton County in eighth and Okaloosa County in ninth.

Here is what we know.

What is the Florida Child Well-Being Index?

The Florida Child Well-Being Index rates each county in the state in 16 subgroups among five categories: economic well-being, education, childcare affordability, health, and family and community. It is conducted by the FPI.

The FPI [emphasis added] describes itself as an independent, non-partisan, and nonprofit organization that is dedicated to advancing policies and budgets that improve the economic mobility and quality of life for all Floridians.

The nonprofit developed the rankings using data from Kids Count, an annual survey from the Annie E. Casey Foundation."

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