When it comes economic well-being, education, health, family and community…children in Missouri rank 28th in the U.S. according to data released last week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The foundation cited information contained in the Kids Count Data Book which is a comprehensive annual report on childrens’ well-being. The #28 ranking for Missouri children represents a slight decline from ranking 26th in the 2018 report. The downward tick in the ranking for Missouri children, according to Kids Count Program Director Tracy Greever-Rice, is a reflection of a combination of factors. Those factors include a persistently slower pace of economic growth in the middle of the country and disparities in resources and other opportunities based on demographics and location.