NATIONAL (FOX44) - A new study finds America's children have been hit hard by the recent economic downturn.
The 2011 "kids count" report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation measures the 50 states on 10 indicators in areas such as of safety, poverty, and education.
The report finds that overall improvements in child well-being that began in the late 1990s stalled in the first part of the current decade.
According to the report, nearly 15 million, or 20-percent, of children live in poverty, and 31-percent, or 23 million, kids live in families where no parent had full-time year around employment.
The report also finds a drop in the number of teen pregnancies, teen drop outs and childhood deaths.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is an advocacy group for America's children and families.