kids count http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Wyoming ranks 19th in nation for child well-being http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-ranks-19th-nation-child-well-being <p>Wyoming kids are better off economically than the average American child, according the Annie E. Casey Foundation&rsquo;s latest Kids Count report, which tracks child well-being. The study found that only 14-percent of Wyoming children live in poverty, compared to 22-percent nationally.</p><p>But Marc Homer with the Wyoming Children&rsquo;s Action Alliance says those numbers can be misleading.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:48:11 +0000 Willow Belden 27473 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming ranks 19th in nation for child well-being More Wyoming children are being raised by family members http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/more-wyoming-children-are-being-raised-family-members <p>Nationally and in Wyoming, more children are being cared for by Grandparents or other family members.</p><p>Children end up being cared for by relatives or close family friends because of military deployments, the death of a parent, substance abuse or mental illness, or child abuse and neglect.&nbsp; The Annie E. Casey Foundation says some four thousand Wyoming children are being cared for by a family member.&nbsp; Wyoming Kids Count Director Marc Homer says these can be excellent guardians for children, but he notes that state policies can be challenging for these caregivers.</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 23:57:37 +0000 Bob Beck 24628 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org More Wyoming children are being raised by family members Fewer Wyoming teens smoke http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fewer-wyoming-teens-smoke <p>New numbers show that Wyoming teenagers are smoking less.&nbsp; New Kids Count Data shows that in 1995 nearly 40-percent of high school students smoked a cigarette once in the last month.&nbsp; That number dropped to 22 percent in 2011.&nbsp; State Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Joe D&rsquo;Eufemia said Wyoming increased its spending in preventive efforts in the late 1990&rsquo;s, but he said two other actions may have had a greater impact.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 13:42:45 +0000 Bob Beck 22125 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fewer Wyoming teens smoke