June 13, 2017

Report: Florida ranks 40th in 'child well-being' despite gains in jobs and health insurance [Tampa Bay Times]

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.

Divya Kumar of the Tampa Bay Times writes:

“Despite a decrease in the number of uninsured kids in Florida, the state ranked 40th in overall child well-being — the same as last year and down from 37th in 2015, according to a report released Tuesday.

The ranking is based on data from four categories — economic well-being, education, health and family and community — compiled by Kids Count, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The organization bills Kids Count as the nation’s top source for information on the well-being of children and families.


Roy Miller, president of the Children’s Campaign, a Tallahassee nonprofit focused on children’s issues in Florida, called the report sobering.

‘Public investments in children haven’t kept up with population growth,’ he said. ‘And it shows.’

The report will be a useful tool in approaching state legislators, said Sonia Lindell, a communications specialist with the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added].

‘State lawmakers aren’t investing enough in public services,’ she said. ‘Across party lines, everyone can agree the well-being of children is of utmost importance. We’re at the bottom of the barrel in terms of ranking.'”

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