Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming officials note that more youth in the state are graduating high school, fewer are having babies and fewer live in poverty. But according to the annual Kids Count report, work still needs to be done to help young people in the state. Department of family services Director Roger McDaniel says he is concerned about the increasing number of low birth weight babies. McDaniel says despite some improvements, Wyoming children still continue to struggle with poverty; more than half are born on Medicaid.
McDaniel adds that too many families are working multiple jobs, which means that those parents are struggling to meet the needs of their children. But, McDaniel says Wyoming has the finances to meet the basic needs of these children. According to the Annie E. Casey foundation, which releases the data, Wyoming ranked 23rd in the well being of its youth.