The KIDS COUNT Data Center is an online resource that provides data on child well-being over time from the most trusted national sources and from more than 53 state- and territory-based organizations. The KIDS COUNT Data Center houses hundreds of key child and family well-being indicators and more than four million data points at the national and local levels. A mobile version of the KIDS COUNT Data Center is available. 

The KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States, ranking states on overall child well-being and domains. The Data Book also contains key indicators covering economic well-being, education, health and family and community. Each year, the release of the Data Book generates significant media attention and a unique opportunity to discuss ways of improving the lives of children and families. View the latest Data Book.

While the Data Book takes a holistic look at child well-being, KIDS COUNT regularly releases data snapshots and reports on policies and other major issues. Recent policy reports have focused on ensuring equal access to opportunities to all childrenkinship families and investments in early childhood development, while data snapshots have examined trends in juvenile incarceration and reading proficiency. View all KIDS COUNT publications.

To ensure child advocates and policymakers have access to high-quality measures of child well-being, we advocate at the federal level for investments in data collection, such as the National Survey of Children’s Health, the National Vital Statistics System, the decennial census and the American Community Survey.

The most visible KIDS COUNT product is the KIDS COUNT Data Book, which for 25 editions has used a set of indicators to track the well-being of children at the state and national levels. The Data Book includes a ranking for each state based on a composite KIDS COUNT Index that combines key indicators into an overall measure of child well-being. The variables in the index represent several dimensions of child well-being, reflect outcomes for children at different stages of life and are measured consistently across states over time. The index consists of the following 16 indicators:

Economic Well-Being

  • Percentage of children in poverty
  • Percentage of children whose parents lack secure employment (no full-time, year-round work) 
  • Percentage of children in households with a high housing cost burden
  • Percentage of teens not in school and not working (ages 16-19)

Education

  • Percentage of children not in preschool (ages 3-4 )
  • Percentage of fourth-graders not proficient in reading
  • Percentage of eighth-graders not proficient in math 
  • Percentage of high school students not graduating on time 

Health

  • Percentage low-birthweight babies 
  • Percentage of children without health insurance
  • Child and teen death rate (per 100,000 children ages 1-19)
  • Percentage of teens who abuse alcohol or drugs (ages 12-17) 

Family and Community

  • Percentage of children living in single-parent families
  • Percentage of children living in families where the household head lacks a high school diploma
  • Percentage of children living in high-poverty areas
  • Teen birth rate (per 1,000 teens ages 15-19)

The Data Book also ranks states in the four key domain areas.

View the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book

KIDS COUNT State Organizations
We fund a network of organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia that contribute state and local data on the well-being of their children, as well as advocate for the well-being of their state's kids and families.

KIDS COUNT National Outreach Partners
Our national outreach partners help elevate KIDS COUNT data and analysis through a larger network of nonprofits, philanthropies, advocacy organizations and researchers. Each year, these partners work to share the latest KIDS COUNT research with their respective stakeholders.

Population Reference Bureau
The Population Reference Bureau analyzes demographic and trend data for the national KIDS COUNT project, including the KIDS COUNT Data Center. The organization also is a thought partner on indicator development and index construction.

Child Trends
Child Trends analyzes the National Survey of Children’s Health for Casey reports and the KIDS COUNT Data Center and promotes the survey as an important resource to federal lawmakers.

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2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book

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