Studies rank Arizona near the bottom of the nation in caring for children

Brandon Hamilton goes over factors that contribute to Arizona's low ranking on children's education and health conditions.

New studies on overall kids' health in Arizona shows that Arizona is not sitting pretty.

Care.com ranked all 50 U.S. states based on kids overall health, safety, education, child care and socioeconomic data.

How did Arizona do? It’s not good.

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Overall, Arizona ranked 45th. For education and childcare, 43rd. Health and safety, 49th, Socioeconomic conditions, 43rd.

New Hampshire came in at No. 1.

Another study done by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 Kids Count Data also shows Arizona towards the bottom.

I talked with the Arizona Children’s Action Alliance about why we are ranked so low.

“Obviously, not a lot of children have had access to health coverage over the years. The number of kids enrolled in quality preschools is also low. Poverty is also a huge concern. Nearly 25 percent of kids live in poverty or in an area with poverty, so that gives them a disadvantage at an early age," said Pati Urias with the Children's Action Alliance.

As for how to turn it around?

"We have a long way to go and there are a lot of areas that we need to improve on in Arizona to benefit kids, but it takes a village. We need policymakers to pay attention and say we need to do these things for kids," said Urias.

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