News release: “The states of Louisiana and Vermont may be part of the same nation, but they are worlds apart when it comes to the well-being of children living within their borders. Across the United States, where a child is born and raised can make a shockingly large difference to their chances of getting and staying healthy and then surviving to adulthood, according to a major new report released today by the nonprofit and nonpartisan Every Child Matters Education Fund (ECMEF). Entitled Geography Matters: Child Well-Being in the States, the ECMEF report concludes: There exists a huge gap among states on a wide variety of child well-being indicators. The state they live in should not adversely influence the life and death of children but it does. Such inequalities affect all Americans, rich and poor alike, and weaken both our economy and our democracy.”
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