Celebrate Iowa’s child well-being ranking, but don’t let it mask challenges

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count Data Book ranks Iowa among the top five states for child-well being — an achievement that should be applauded, Rachel Williams, youth impact coordinator for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, tells the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

But while it is important to acknowledge efforts statewide that have led to that ranking, it is also essential to keep striving to help children and families, she adds.

“We can highlight some of the successes ... but also recognize that there are barriers for families,” Williams says. “We need to continue to reach out and continue to provide that support.”

Williams’ comments appear in a July 22 Telegraph Herald story that frames the Kids Count report in a local context. Among the local initiatives the story highlights is the Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque launched in 2012 and has since expanded to Jackson County and Dyersville.

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