Kids Count in Michigan en New 'Kids Count' Survey Shows Improvements And Challenges <div><em><strong>State Child Poverty Up, Teen Deaths Down &nbsp;</strong></em></div><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The annual <a href="">Kids Count </a>survey finds child poverty rates rising during 25 years of data-gathering while fewer teens are giving birth or dying.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report released Tuesday by the <a href="‎">Annie E. Casey Foundation </a>says Michigan ranks </span>32nd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in overall child well-being nationally, down one slot since last year.</span></div><div> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:34:52 +0000 Associated Press 49143 at New 'Kids Count' Survey Shows Improvements And Challenges Report Says Many 3rd Graders Don't Meet Proficiency Standards <p>A new national report says only one in three children who started school in the late 1990's had the necessary cognitive skills by the third grade to go on to be successful adults.</p><p>Jane Zehnder-Merrell is the Director of the <a href=""><strong>Kids Count in Michigan</strong></a> project. She explains that the study helps to chart the trajectory of kids' lives.<br /><br />The report followed 13,000 kids who began kindergarten at the end of the 1990's. Children from lower-income families had the lowest rate of sufficient cognitive development.</p><p>Zehnder-Merrell says funding programs that support these families, such as cash assistance or food stamps, would positively affect these rates. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 02:27:01 +0000 Bob Eccles 37274 at