Report: Recession still impacting Iowa children

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new report indicates the recession several years ago continues to impact the well-being of Iowa children.

The Kids Count report released Monday shows 17 percent of Iowa children lived below the poverty line in 2011 despite the recession ending in 2009. Nearly a third of them lived in single-parent families and a quarter of them had parents without secure employment.

The Des Moines Register says (http://dmreg.co/176LGsx ) there are also improvements, like fewer cases of child deaths, teen drug use and low birth-weight babies.

Michael Crawford, director of Iowa Kids Count, says the trends are due to factors like more kids being covered by health insurance.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore compiles the report annually with help from the Des Moines-based Child & Family Policy Center.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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