NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey ranks among the top states in children's health and education even as the number of children living in poverty in the state continues to grow, according to an annual survey released Wednesday.
The Kids Count data book for 2012 ranked New Jersey in first place for the high percentage of young children attending preschool.
The state also made a strong showing in children's education overall, ranking second in the nation behind Massachusetts.
But the survey found increases in child poverty in 2012, with New Jersey ranking 19th for the economic well-being of children and families. There was also an increase in the number of children living in a family in which no parent had full-time work.