Maine No. 12 in children’s health

Posted July 29, 2009, at 12:56 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine ranks No. 12 nationally in a report on children’s health and well-being.

In its annual Kids Count report released Tuesday, the Annie E. Casey Foundation said Maine children fared worse than the previous report in six categories, while doing better in three. The report also says Maine’s child poverty rate for children under 18 in 2007 was 21 percent, compared to 25 percent nationally.

It says Maine children lost ground in the percentage of low-birthweight babies, and infant mortality and teen death rates. Maine kids also fared worse in the percentage of teenagers who neither work nor attend school, and the percentages of children in poverty and living in single-parent homes.

But that was offset by the report’s improved death rate for children ages 1-14, declining teen birth rate and percent of children living in homes where no parent works full-time.

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