Oklahoma moved up two spots in an annual national report that ranks states on child well-being.
The state ranks 37th in the 2016 Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
That’s an improvement from 39th the last two years and a change from 36th and 40th the years prior.
The rankings are based on 16 indicators in four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.
Desiree Doherty, executive director of the Parent Child Center, said it’s gratifying to see slight improvements in many of the metrics, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
“These are not individual issues. These affect the economic and health outlook of all of us who live, go to school, work and pay taxes in Oklahoma,” she said. “It’s obvious to me that our children need more help than they are getting right now if we truly want a vibrant future for them in our state.”