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Utah's child well being rates drop

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - Child advocates are sharing their concern over Utah kids after a new report from the Kid's Count Foundation said child well being has declined in the state, for the fifth year in a row.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - Child advocates are sharing their concern over Utah kids after a new report from the Kid's Count Foundation said child well being has declined in the state, for the fifth year in a row.

The economy may be to blame. Even though the beehive state is ranked number one in the country for business and overall economic outlook, some kids are not reaping the benefit.

Terry Haven, from Voices for Utah Children said, "Up to 16 percent of our children are living in poverty. That to me is a danger sign."

In fact, she stated that's the reason Utah's ranking has dropped. "We used to be ranked third," she said, "Now we're ranked fourteenth and I think that should be telling us something about where our public policy priorities are."

Haven said the solution may come from following the standard set by states ranked in the Kid's Count Foundation's top five.  "They're all doing great things with preschool with kids and we know that that works," she said.

In fact, according to education experts, it is leveling the playing field. ABC4 Utah told you about an advanced preschool program in Granite School District that is already boosting test scores and helping kids long term.

That is why more and more organizations are providing preschool services in a cost effective way for Utah families.

Amanda Hughes with The Boys and Girls Clubs of greater Salt Lake said, "We definitely see an increase in demand for our services.  There's a waiting list at some of our locations for kids to get in."

She said at only 10 dollars a year, it is well worth the cost. "We want our kids to grow up and be good productive members of our community so they aren't part of the problem.  They are a solution to the problem."

To improve Utah's ranking, advocates plan to work with legislators on child friendly policies for February 2014.

For more information on The Boys and Girls Club click here.

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