NH is the best state in the U.S. for children to be children. That is according to a report “Stolen Childhood” from Save The Children. The report was released to coincide with June 1st, recognized as International Children’s Day. Stolen Childhood found at least 700 million children worldwide have their promise of a full childhood brought to an early end. Reasons vary from extreme violence and conflict, early marriage and pregnancy; child labor; poor health; malnutrition, food insecurity, and not having the chance to go to school.
The U.S. ranks 36th, between Bosnia and Russia, well behind other developed nations, including Norway, France, and the United Kingdom, and also lagging behind Portugal, Spain, Japan, Lithuania, and Greece. However, NH ranked first in the US followed by Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Vermont, while childhood is most threatened in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Oklahoma, respectively.
The U.S. Complement ranked all 50 states on five key factors that can end childhood in America, infant mortality, child homicide and suicide, adolescent birth, child food insecurity, and children not graduating high school on time. A link to download the full report is on WNTK.com www.EndofChildhood.org.