Maine kids face adversity in tough economic climate

November 22nd, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

Maine’s economy has not improved for Maine’s children and families according to the 2013 Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual compilation of evidence-based data on the status and well-being of children in Maine.

KIDS COUNT is a project of the Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA), a nonpartisan, data-focused advocate for public policies that improve the lives of Maine’s children, youth and families.

The annual data book was released today with Suzanne McCormick, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Portland, and Dr. Steve Feder, pediatrician and president of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, offering their views on the report that chronicles the status of Maine’s children and families statewide and county-by-county.

Also presenting remarks were Robert “Rusty” Atwood, board chair of Maine Children’s Alliance; Claire Berkowitz, MCA’s research KIDS COUNT director; and Ned McCann, MCA’s executive director.

Kids Count reports that in 2011 (the most recent data available), 19.3 percent of all Maine children under age 18 were living in poverty-an increase from 18.2 percent in 2010 as reported last year. Childhood poverty varied widely across Maine’s 16 counties, from a low of 13.6 percent in York County to a high of 31.2 percent in Washington County.

Among Maine children under age five, almost one in four were living in poverty. Along the same lines, Maine’s median income of families with children dropped to $53,400 in 2012-down slightly from $53,600 in 2011. Maine families are getting by on incomes much lower

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