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State governments establish and enforce many of the policies that directly affect the well-being of children and families, particularly the 16.4 million kids living in poverty today. State legislators and agency officials can connect children to quality education and health care, parents to economic opportunities and communities to better ways of working on behalf of families. We help these policymakers make the best decisions by:

Supplying reliable demographic and well-being data

The KIDS COUNT Data Center maintains the best available data and statistics on the educational, social, economic and physical well-being of children. With data at the local, state and national levels, the Data Center features hundreds of indicators, many of which examine the effects of poverty and race on child outcomes.

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The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual ranking of states on 16 key measures of child well-being. The Data Book also highlights important trends, such as the growing issue of income inequality or the improving health and educational achievement of U.S. students.

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Special reports, data snapshots and infographics link state-level data to relevant policy and practice solutions aimed at improving the lives of children and families.

Promoting sound policies and effective responses to longstanding and emerging issues

The KIDS COUNT organizations in each state advocate to prioritize children, particularly those from low-income families, on the public agenda. In addition to building relationships with lawmakers and state leaders, these grantees are highlighting child well-being data for their respective communities.

To guide decision makers and advocates in employing effective solutions, Casey regularly issues nonpartisan policy recommendations on pressing issues.

The Foundation’s network of state-based advocates works to raise the visibility of children’s issues, particularly poverty and its effects on lifelong outcomes.

Investing in the capacity of child advocates to create sustainable change for children and families.

KIDS COUNT is working with experts across the country to document what makes a child advocacy organization effective. 

Recognizing child advocates must use many tools to move others to action, we provide ongoing opportunities for peer learning across the network, particularly for leadership development, communications and data development. 

Current Strategies

KIDS COUNT Network

A group of child advocacy and research organizations representing every state and using data to promote smart policies on issues ranging from child welfare and juvenile justice to education and economic opportunity. 

KIDS COUNT Data Center and Data Book

Our signature resources tracking the well-being of children over time and across states in order to provide high-quality, unbiased information and encourage action on behalf of kids and families. 

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Every Kid Needs a Family: Putting Kin First in Washington, D.C.

When young people come into the care of the child welfare system and cannot live with their own parents, the next best thing a caseworker can do is to find a loving relative or close friend who can keep the child close to home in every sense. Washington, D.C.’s Child and Family Services Agency has made finding kin a top priority, creating a rapid turnaround process to make it as easy as possible for kin to take on the responsibility of caring for a young person.

In Their Best Interest: Placing Kids in Families From the Start

Research shows that families are essential to a child’s healthy development. Additionally, federal law requires that children removed from their homes are placed in the least restrictive setting possible — the setting most like a family. Yet a recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report found that 4 out of 10 children in group placements had no reason warrenting such a restrictive setting.

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