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Report: Arizona ranks 46th for well-being of children

PHOENIX -- Arizona is nearly at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to the overall well-being of children.

The Children's Action Alliance, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, released two new comprehensive data reports, and the State of Arizona received abysmal markings.

The Arizona KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks Arizona 46th in the nation when factoring in key components, such as poverty, preschool attendance and dropout rates.

"We have to do something," said Dana Wolfe Naimark, president and CEO of Children's Action Alliance. "We are looking for community groups, neighborhoods, families and our elected officials to put this information into action to improve health, education and security."

And with election season really ramping up, Naimark said the welfare of children should be a top priority for the candidates.

"During this campaign season, we expect every candidate to use the data to develop public policy to improve conditions for children," Naimark said.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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