The Annie E. Casey Foundation conducts an annual study called the Kids Count Data Book, meant to outline the needs of children across the country.

The study ranks each state in four categories: Economic well-being, education, family and community, and health.

"We're definitely making improvements," Executive Director for the Children's Advocacy Alliance (CAA)

Denise Tanata says. "But definitely not as quickly as the rest of the country is."

The Annie E. Casey Foundation partners with organizations in each state to collect data from their respective state. They partnered with the CAA in Nevada.

Tanata says it's important people understand that the four categories are all tied into each other when it comes to the well-being of children.

"They're not going to do well in school if they don't know where they're going to sleep tonight," Tanata says. "If they're not safe in their neighborhoods, if they don't have food in their stomachs, if they're not getting access to healthcare, mental healthcare, dental care."

According to the CAA, the number of children in Nevada more than doubled over the last thirty years. Tanata says that's one of the less common challenges facing states. She believes the infrastructure in the state has not kept up, exacerbating some of the problems with resources spread even more thin.

Tanata says this study is good preparation for the 2020 census, which is really important. This study gives them an idea of how many children are in the state, so they can look to get a more accurate number on the 2020 census.

Tanata says there are just fewer than 60 thousand kids ages 0-5 in areas that are hard to reach during census data collection, and about 13 thousand of those kids are at "high-risk" not to be counted. She says getting the number right is so important, because federal funding is often determined based on the census.

"For every person that we don't count [on the census,] we lose about 2 thousand dollars per year in federal funding," Tanata says. "So for just that young population [0-5 years old,] potentially what we could lose is close to 20 million dollars a year."

For a look at the study, click here.