Scary statistics when it comes to conditions for kids in our state.
Arizona ranks 46th when compared to the rest of the country.
On Monday, the Children's Action Alliance released a 60-page report, highlighting the good and bad in our state.
First, the good news: the high school graduation rate is up and the number of youth arrested for violent crime dropped by almost half.
The bad news: the percentage of kids living in povery has grown, more kids are on food stamps and nearly 70% of 3 and 4 year olds don't go to preschool.
"Pre-school participation can help children start kindergarten ready to succeed and keep them on that path to success," says Dana Wolfe Naimark, the CEO of Children' Action Alliance. "Without preschool many start behind and never catch up."