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Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States

This KIDS COUNT data snapshot illustrates how outdated methods measuring poverty in the United States are giving an inaccurate picture of how families are really faring and what public programs are actually working. The brief introduces the more accurate Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). 

February 25, 2015

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In Pursuit of Normalcy: Better Care for Children in Foster Care

Annie E. Casey President and CEO Patrick McCarthy recently told a White House audience that one law has taken a critical step in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. Its promise? A sense of normalcy for foster kids and foster parents.

Published August 24, 2015

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What We Know


Proven Programs for Youth

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development helps communities and professionals find and fund proven programs that promote children’s health and development.


Youth Incarceration Drops

The U.S. lock-up rate for young people is rapidly declining. Check out our infographic underscoring the sea change in youth confinement that is underway.


What is Permanence?

Every child needs and deserves to grow up in a safe, loving and nurturing family – a family whose support is unconditional and will last a lifetime.


Relative Caregivers on the Rise

One in 11 U.S. kids will live in kinship care at some point before the age of 18. What can we do to support relative caregivers to ensure that their children thrive.


Detention Reform for Girls

Effectively serving girls are among the most difficult issues facing detention leaders. We offer a how-to guide to help administrators create needed reforms.


First Eight Years are Critical

This KIDS COUNT policy report makes the case for investing in an integrated and comprehensive solution to meet the developmental needs of all children through age 8, 

Stories From the Field

Network Helps Communities Improve Third Grade Reading


Today, more than 140 cities, counties and towns are part of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a community of places with comprehensive, locally owned plans to improve school readiness, reduce chronic absence and promote summer learning to put students on track for third grade reading success. One of these communities is Providence, Rhode Island.

It is really important to me that we are successful in educating our kids," says Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, who was encouraged by a school teacher to pursue his dream to become a layer. "I see the children in our schools and they remind me of what a lifeline education was for me.