What Childhood?


Level A Research Module



Some parts of the United States are harder on children than others. We can learn about life conditions by exploring statistics. These same statistics and data can also help us to make important life decisions.

Information Challenge

  • What are the five best states to be a child or a teen?
  • What are the five hardest states to be a child or a teen?
  • To which state would you move based on these numbers?

To help you decide, you and your partner will look through the state rankings and profiles at KIDS COUNT. KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

You will have 20 minutes to look at the following data in order to answer the questions above. Open a word processor to write your answers as you build them.

Data Available

State Rankings




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