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Survey shows Nevada ranks near bottom in child well-being

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The 2013 Kids Count report shows Nevada ranks last in the nation for education

And near the bottom in most categories such as health care and family well-being.

Every year the Annie E. Casey Foundation puts together the report ranking national and state trends in child well-being.

They rank states on 16 indicators that measure a child's economic, educational, health and family well-being. Nevada fell short in many areas.

For the second year in a row, the Silver State ranked dead last in education. According to the report, Nevada has the highest percentage of toddlers who aren't enrolled in preschool, and the highest percentage of students who fail to graduate in four years.

The report also found three quarters of Nevada fourth graders are not proficient in reading, and more than half are not proficient in math.

Nevada also tied with Texas as being the worst in the nation for children without health insurance, and landed forty eighth for total economic well-being.

The good news is Nevada showed improved on 11 of the 16 indicators since last year. Educational leaders and count directors say there is hope for Nevada, and that improvement comes slowly.

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