The Indiana Youth Institute says many factors contributing to high infant mortality are preventable, including smoking and obesity.
Hoosier kids are healthier according to various indices, but 23 percent still live below the federal poverty level.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Indiana 30th nationally on the KIDS COUNT scorecard.
The Indiana Youth Institute says schools in Indiana need to consider offering free breakfast programs because of the increase in child poverty.
The percent of babies born in Indiana at a low birthweight is now above the national average.
Experts say the recession is not solely responsible for the increase in child poverty in Indiana.
The report examines factors affecting newborns to children 5 years of age. Those include such things as healthcare, housing, and family structure.