Report: Va. children above US avg in well-being

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Associated Press

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 8:45 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A private foundation says the well-being of children in several races in Virginia is above the national average.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released the findings Tuesday as part of its Kids Count project.

The report found Virginia has the ninth best score for the overall well-being of white children and the 12th best score for black children.

It also found that Latino children in Virginia rank fourth in well-being among the states, while Asian and Pacific Islander children in rank sixth.

The report is based on 12 indicators, including birth weights, preschool enrollment, living conditions and proficiency on math and reading tests.

Officials say the report should serve as a benchmark for local policy, funding and business decisions.

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