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Kids count on census

The numbers are sobering — or they should be.

• In 2017, the child poverty rate in Louisiana was the highest in the nation and on an upward growth curve.

• In 2018, Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services answered 52,867 calls of child abuse or neglect made to the DCFS hotline. In the Lincoln Parish-inclusive Monroe regions, there were 3,732 reports of abuse or neglect.

• 35 percent of the state’s children live in households where no parent has full-time, year round employment.

• 70 percent of third graders cannot read on grade level.

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