PORTLAND, Maine — A new report presents a mixed picture about the well-being of children in Maine.
The Kids Count report being released Thursday says Maine’s child poverty rate was 17.5 percent in 2009, the latest year for which figures are available. That was 1 percentage point higher than the rate the previous year for children under age 18.
The report also says the median income for families with children slipped between the same two years, from $54,800 to $52,700.
The Kids Count report says on the positive side the percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs rose from just under 20 percent in 2009 to 25 percent in 2010.
The percentage of Maine children without health insurance was 5 percent, according to the study, well below the national average of 11 percent. The 5 percent figure means there were 15,000 children who did not have health insurance.
The research is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization.