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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This KIDS COUNT data snapshot illustrates how outdated methods measuring poverty in the United States are giving an inaccurate picture of how families are really faring and what public programs are actually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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Reflecting on 25 Years of the Kids Count Data Book: The High Cost of Being Poor

“The High Cost of Being Poor: Another Perspective on Helping Low-Income Families Get By and Get Ahead” was published as part of the 2003 KIDS COUNT Data Book. Drawing on commissioned research from the Brookings Institution, it tallied disparities in costs such as food, transportation, health care, check cashing and other financial transactions.

Published April 22, 2015

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10 Practices Part Two

The Child Welfare Leader’s Desk Guide is designed to help busy child welfare leaders gauge their agency’s effectiveness and chart a course toward measureable improvement. Part two of the Desk Guide includes research, references and appendices that will help leaders and their staff make the business case for improving policies and practices, with a goal of improving how children in the child welfare system fare.

Published April 9, 2015

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10 Practices Part One

The child welfare leader’s desk guide is designed to help busy child welfare leaders gauge their agency’s effectiveness and chart a course toward measureable improvement. New leaders will benefit from the desk guide’s structured, yet flexible road map for assessing their agency’s strengths and opportunities and creating an agenda for change.

Published April 9, 2015

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Casey Foundation Seeks New Sites for Evidence2Success Framework

The Casey Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals to begin the process of selecting new communities to participate in Evidence2Success, a framework that guides public system leaders and community representatives in working together to improve child well-being. Representatives of interested communities are invited to download the Request for Proposals and submit applications by May 28, 2015.

Published April 2, 2015

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How to Use the KIDS COUNT Data Center

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center is the premier source of data on child and family well-being in the United States. With thousands of indicators, what's the best way for someone to harness the power of all this data?

Published March 31, 2015

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What We Know

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.