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Local Agencies React To Kids Count Report

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--A new report shows that Iowa jumped from 7th to 3rd place in the nation for overall child welfare and number one for children's health,

Kids on Course University is on at Harrison Elementary School.

"The students that are here are students who could use extra support in Math or Reading, said Jaimen Pangborn, of Kids on Course.

One goal of the summer day camp is teaching these students the importance of college early on.

"So that our students know that the end goal is to be successful in college, Pangborn said, but it's not just about learning. Health and well-being are also at the forefront.

"We provide clothing or shoes if that's a struggle, we provide two meals a day, our school nurse has been taking one of our students to a few doctor's appointments, she said.

Programs like this are what are being credited for putting Iowa on top of the nation for child well-being.

The 2014 Iowa Kids Count report is based on 16 measurements in four categories.

Those are economic well being, education, health and family and community.

"It takes an ASAC, it takes a Foundation 2, it takes a Four Oaks to get together in partnership and make those numbers move, said Liz Mathis, Four Oaks Chief Communication Officer.

Those numbers fell in various categories like children and teen death rates and teen alcohol and drug abuse rates. Still, there's room for improvement.

"If we can fix the numbers that show people need food assistance, if we can fix the unemployment numbers, if we can increase our education numbers, then we'll be number one, Mathis said.

Data for the Kids Count report comes from federal statistical agencies.

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