According to the Dowagiac Daily News, "the 2009 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book was released last month and revealed some alarming trends in Cass County. Possibly most concerning, Cass County ranks 77th out of 78 counties surveyed in high school dropout percentage at 21.3 percent."
Cass County "infant mortality and infants receiving less than adequate prenatal care are also on the rise and well above the state average."
Heather Merrill, the county's Great Start Readiness Coordinator, "is worried about further state cuts for early childhood development programs. The Cass County Great Start Readiness Program was nearly cut last year but was reinstated in the final hour. Merrill is concerned it could be on the chopping block again soon."
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