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Rhode Island ranks in middle on kids' well-being

In a May 20, 2014 photo, eight-year-old Divya Dahal, center front, takes a break with other school children while walking home from school with a group of kids escorted by Allyson Trenteseaux, a Walking School Bus program manager, top, in Providence.

A national report of children's well-being finds Rhode Island ranks in the middle of all states, but last in New England.

The Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Rhode Island 26th among states when taking into account measures such as health, education and economic well-being.

The report ranks Massachusetts first in the nation. Vermont is ranked second, New Hampshire fourth, Connecticut seventh and Maine 14th.

The report finds that Rhode Island was 14th best in the nation for the number of children who did not have health insurance in 2012, and 13th best for the percentage of fourth-graders not proficient in reading.

But it is ranked 31st for the percentage of children living in families where no parent had a full-time job.

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