Poverty remains one of the biggest challenges facing children in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith region, this according to a new State of the Child Report.

It was released on National Child Day which was Friday, November 20th, by the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership.

The Child Development Centre’s Pam McAdam was on the committee that wrote the report.

McAdam says housing and food security are major issues, and the number of families living below the poverty line in increasing.

The good news is that education levels and graduation rates are improving, and kids are getting more exercise.

The full report will be available online.