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December 9, 2021

Treasure Coast counties ranked for child well-being

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.

Mike Winikoff writes:

"TREASURE COAST ― The Florida Policy Institute has released the 2021 Florida Child Well-Being Index. The annual study provides counties with an overall rank and measures performance across 16 indicators in four major categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

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According to the FPI [emphasis added], counties with higher rankings tend to be well-resourced places, where families can afford to invest in things like high-quality child care, education, and other opportunities for their children. Counties that rank near the middle tend to have a mixture of well-resourced and less well-resourced areas. Counties with lower rankings tend to be places that “have borne the brunt of the state’s disinvestment in public services and where people face historic barriers to economic opportunity.”

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