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July 23, 2014 at 5:00 AM

How are the kids? Improving in some areas, suffering in others

Housing starts and employment reports give us one picture of the state of our economy, and our nation.

But what about the state of our children and the indicators of their well-being — the percent without health insurance, for example, or the percent of families without even one securely employed adult?

For 25 years, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has tracked such numbers, which it argues are just as important to the nation’s future as our minute-by-minute watch of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

“Far more attention should be paid to child well-being indicators because everyone else’s future is wrapped up in theirs,” said Lori Pfingst, of the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, one of the groups that works with the foundation to collect data in Washington state.

So how are the nation’s 74 million kids doing?

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November 7, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Want to see the future? Check your local preschool

Teacher Yves Nichols leads a preschool class at Maple Elementary School earlier this year. Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times

Teacher Yves Nichols leads a preschool class at Maple Elementary School earlier this year. Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times

Add another voice — a rather loud one — to the growing chorus insisting that quality preschool makes a measurable difference in a host of later-in-life outcomes, particularly academic performance.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its annual Kids Count report, a snapshot of the status of young Americans across the country, this year placing a special emphasis on the importance of early-childhood experiences.

Depending on how one views the report, it’s either a dire assessment — only 19 percent of third graders growing up in low-income families had age-appropriate skills — or welcome ammunition needed to make the case for funding early education.

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