Face the Facts

“Is Florida really the worst in terms of child well being?”

Worst to First’s compilation of indicators seek to answer that question by putting into perspective Florida’s investment and return in our children’s education, health, and social well being, compared to the investments of other states. Take a look at the sad facts”

HEALTH

Florida ranks 49th on Number of Uninsured Children.
About 19 percent, or 763,000 of our children, do not have health insurance, versus a national average of 11 percent.
Source: The Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center

Florida ranks 47th in Access to Prenatal Care.
More than 71,000 women in Florida, or 70%, do not get prenatal care in the first trimester.
Sources: Kaiser Family Foundation, StateHealthFacts.org; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, VitalStats.

Florida ranks 34th in the Nation in Low Birth Weight Babies.
Nearly 21,000 babies are born in Florida each year weighing under 5 ½ pounds.
Source: The Annie E. Casey Foundation 2009 Kids Count Data Book; Kaiser Family Foundation, StateHealthFacts.org.

Florida ranks 33rd in Teen Birth Rates.
More than 25,000 females, ages 15-19 give birth annually in Florida, a rate of 45 births per 1,000.
Source: The Annie E. Casey Foundation 2009 Kids Count Data Book; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, VitalStats.

Florida ranks 32nd Infant mortality.
More than 1,600 infants die before they reach the age of one.
Source: United Health Foundation, America Health Rankings, 2008; Kaiser Family Foundation, StateHealthFacts.org.

Florida ranks 10th in Immunization Coverage.
Florida boasts 82.4 percent of children ages 19 to 35 months receiving complete immunizations.
Source: United Health Foundation, America Health Rankings, 2008

EDUCATION

Florida ranks 50th in state per capita spending on corrections vs. education.
Florida ranks 16th in the nation in spending on corrections.

Source: NEA Rankings of the States 2008

Florida’s students rank 48th in the ACT Standardized Test Scores
Source: American Legislative Exchange Council, Report Card on American Education, 2008

Florida ranks 43rd in High School Graduation Rates.

Only 60.8 percent of Florida’s public high school students graduate with a diploma.
Source: Education Week, Quality Counts, 2009

Florida ranks 42nd in state spending on education as a percentage of total resources.
As a state, Florida spends only 3.1% of its resources on education.
Source: Education Week, Quality Counts, 2009

SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC

Florida ranks 48th in Juvenile violent crime
With a custody rate of 451.8 per 100,000 children, ages 10 and up, Florida is close to last.
Source: Every Child Matters Education Fund, Geography Matters: Child Well Being in the States, 2008

Florida ranks 43rd with 36% of Children in Single-Parent Families.
Source: The Annie E. Casey Foundation 2009 Kids Count Data Book

Florida ranks 41st in Child Abuse Deaths with 2.9 child abuse fatalities per 100,000.
Source: Every Child Matters Education Fund, Geography Matters: Child Well Being in the States, 2008

Florida ranks 40th in Teens not working and not attending school at 9%.
Source: The Annie E. Casey Foundation 2009 Kids Count Data Book

Florida ranks 31st where Children in Poverty are concerned.
Percentage of persons under age 18 who live in households at or below the poverty level is at 17.9 %.Source: United Health Foundation, America’s Health Rankings, 2008