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Report: First 8 Years are Critical for Hoosier Kids' Success

A new report from the Annie E Casey Foundation finds half of Hoosier kids 8 and under are living in poverty.

It says living in poverty presents dramatic challenges for kids to develop appropriate skills for success.

Dianna Wallace of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children admits Indiana has a lot of room for improvement - but she says the state is starting to pay attention to the needs of young children.

The report indicates most young children across the nation are not on track cognitively and lag in social and emotional growth.

It concludes that low-income parents need more help to make sure their kids are able to access quality services and education.