Kids Count Survey Results Released

The yearly Kids Count survey is out, showing mixed results for children in our state.

The survey says Michigan's child poverty rate is getting worse.

But health of Michigan children appears to be improving, with fewer deaths and less drug use.

Of all 50 states, Michigan ranks 33rd in child well-being, one spot worse than last year.

Children in high-poverty neighborhoods increased by 60,000 over a three year span.

One physician assistant with White Cloud High School says it's important to start teaching students about their health at a young age.

“I think we want to see an improvement in health care across the board, but certainly with children. You start integrating health with kids at a young age, they’re more likely to make proper decisions as they go along, and we’re going to see a healthier adult population if they’re trained well, they’re educated well as young people and their habits begin,” says Physician Assistant Stephen Dehah.

Michigan's lowest ranking is in education, but the survey says increases in spending on early childhood programs will help.