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More than two-thirds of public resources invested in children occur at the state-level, giving states significant influence over efforts to improve the well-being of children and youth. And yet, North Carolina’s investments in children and youth have fallen short in recent budget years, a fact which may undermine the future economic competitiveness of the state.

Although North Carolina routinely ranks among the best states for business-friendly environments, it consistently ranks among the worst states for children’s outcomes. Investments in child well-being not only support children’s immediate quality-of-life, they improve the state’s overall economic competitiveness by generating the highly-skilled workforce required to compete, and win, in the 21st century global economy.

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Download: Public Investments Matter for Child Well-Being: Smart State Policy Can Change Lives (2012)

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