2017 Kids Count Data Book
New Hampshire ranks number one in overall child well-being according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The annual Data Book uses 16 indicators to rank each state in the nation across four domains – health, education, economic well-being, and family and community – that represent what children need most to thrive. New Hampshire ranks:
- Fourth in economic-well-being,
- Third in education,
- 18th in health, and
- Second in family and community.
Dedicated communities, advocates, and lawmakers have ensured that New Hampshire is a great place to live and raise a family, as evidenced by our number one KIDS COUNT ranking. However, looking forward, our lawmakers should aim to continue to hold this ranking and address significant issues facing New Hampshire.
This year, we have made some strong investments in New Hampshire’s children & families, including increased funding for child care scholarships, children’s mental health, and full-day kindergarten. We are proud of these accomplishments, but know that we can still do better. Looking forward, we must focus on addressing some major issues facing our state: specifically, child protection and the opiate crisis.
Only 4% of child abuse and neglect cases are fully-investigated, which deflates our state-wide statistics and puts children at risk. This issue has come to light this year, and increased investment in child protection is necessary.
Additionally, the ongoing opiate crisis impacts our children significantly, now & in the future. We must invest in early childhood programs to reduce the risk of adverse childhood experiences caused by parental opiate use, as well as focusing on substance misuse prevention for New Hampshire kids.