For too long, Louisiana has lagged the nation when ranked for “Child well-being”. According to the annual KIDSCOUNT rankings of the states, Louisiana holds the average rank of 49th in the nation for 31 years.
The truth is this: conditions for Louisiana’s Children must improve or Louisiana will never have reason to expect a brighter future. We must understand this truth.
If I plant a garden and then choose to distract myself from it with sports or food or parties to the neglect my garden, I have no reason to be surprised when grass and weeds take over due to inattention. Plants do not choose their conditions and without care my garden will wilt or die from lack of water. The results of my gardening endeavor will become an embarrassment to me and leave me without a harvest. The same is true of how a state cares for its Children.