Kids Count Texas Slips To 43rd Nationally In Child Well-Being Report By The Associated Press • Jun 21, 2016 Stella M. Chávez / KERA News A much-watched annual report shows Texas slipping two spots to 43rd in a national ranking of the top states to be a kid. Despite Improvements, Group Says Texas Is 9th Worst State For Kids By Krystina Martinez & Courtney Collins • Jul 21, 2015 Stella M. Chávez / KERA News The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual study on children’s poverty and well-being today. Last year, Texas performed pretty dismally. Not much has changed in 2015. Texas Is One Of The Worst States For Kids, Survey Says By Stella M. Chávez • Jul 22, 2014 Shelley Kofler / KERA News An annual national report on children's well-being doesn’t have a lot of good news for Texas. The Kids Count study, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows that Texas still ranks in the bottom 10 states. To be precise, Texas is No. 43.