Critical Investments Should Target the First Eight Years of Life, Report Finds

News Release

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT policy report, The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success, presents a strong case for investing in the early years of a child's life. Decades of brain and child development research show that kids who enter kindergarten with below-average language and cognitive skills can catch up — but only if they are physically healthy and have strong social and emotional skills.

November 4, 2013

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The 2007 KIDS COUNT Data Book

State Profiles of Child Well-Being

Report

This 18th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book provides national and state-by-state information and statistical trends on the conditions of America’s children and families. New this year is information on child well-being in Puerto Rico. This year’s essay examines the child welfare system and challenges the country to make lifelong connections for children and youth in foster care a national priority. The essay also focuses on the 726,000 children who spend time in foster care each year and what can be done to build and strengthen family relationships.

January 1, 2007

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The 2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book

State Profiles of Child Well-Being

Report

The 2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book focuses on the needs and conditions of America's most disadvantaged children and families, as well as statistical trends. The 2006 edition essay focuses on improving early childhood development opportunities for young children living in low-income neighborhoods and the impact that family, friend and neighbor care has on improving outcomes for children.

January 1, 2006

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The 2005 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Report

This KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a state-by-state statistical portrait of the educational, health, and economic conditions of American children. The essay examines four employment barriers that policymakers and others consider among the most difficult to overcome: substance abuse, domestic violence, a history of incarceration and depression.

January 1, 2005

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2006 KIDS COUNT Essay

Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care: Strengthening a Critical Resource to Help Young Children Succeed

Report

This essay, taken from the 2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book, examines how "family, friend and neighbor care", a type of child care used by millions of families, nurtures young children and how parents and providers can connect to resources to increase the quality of this care.

January 1, 2006

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Youth Unemployment Soars in Past Decade

News Release

Nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce, veering toward chronic underemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century, according to a new KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Many of these young people, ranging from ages 16 to 24, face numerous obstacles, according to the report, Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity.

December 3, 2012

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Early Reading Proficiency in the United States

A KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot

Brief

Although reading proficiency rates have improved for most demographic groups over the past decade, large disparities still exist. This KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot provides an update on how fourth graders are faring in reading. 

January 29, 2014

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