Report: Child disparities highest in US South, West

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A new report says childhood disparities are worst among rural, black-majority counties in the American South and isolated counties with large Native American populations. A Save the Children report released Tuesday found that children in the most disadvantaged counties die at rates up to five times of children elsewhere in the same state. The report says children in those counties also are 14 times as likely to drop out of school and are three times as likely to lack healthy food and consistent meals. The report examined 2,600 counties using federal data from 2018. The group recommends expanding early childhood education programs.