COUNTY DOES NOT SHOW UP WELL IN KIDS COUNT SURVEY

A new group says Cape May County fell in the ranks of measures of children well-being. The annual New Jersey Kids County rankings places Cape May County in 18th place of all New Jersey counties. The county saw a significant increase in the number of children growing up in poor families, which rose from 7 percent in 2008 to 12 percent in 2009. The county slipped to 11th on this important measure of child well‐being, down from 7th in last year’s rankings. One positive note saw 82 percent of the students in 2009-10 pass the 8th grade testing of the state, compared to 66 percent the year before. The release was put together by the Advocates for Children of New Jersey.

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