With our support, the KIDS COUNT network promotes the Foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, publishes local KIDS COUNT data products and populates the KIDS COUNT Data Center with state and local statistics.

The KIDS COUNT organizations use data to advocate for policies and practices that support families in caring for their children and help children get on track for lifelong success. The Casey Foundation provides its policy expertise on issues affecting children and families to strengthen local efforts.

Advocates are helping lawmakers, public agencies and nonprofits understand the nation’s changing demographic profile to encourage more effective programs and policies.

To move from discussions of data to larger social change and legislation, KIDS COUNT grantees are building strong relationships with stakeholders through the media and social media, including Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.

To ensure that the state network remains an effective vehicle for supporting children and families, the Casey Foundation invests in the network’s leadership, capacity for advocacy and organizational health.

The Michigan League for Public Policy successfully advocated for additional early education funding as part of Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program. In addition, their efforts resulted in $11.6 million added to the state’s Healthy Kids Dental Program, helping an additional 70,000 children access dental care.

Arizona Children’s Action Alliance helped protect health and education programs for low-income children and families from cuts. The budget also strengthens the state’s child welfare system

Voices for Children in Nebraska, using a 2012 Casey Foundation report on the ineffectiveness of youth confinement in the juvenile justice system, secured more than $14 million for alternative placement options for youth. Voices is now working to ensure that the legislation is implemented effectively.

From the Blog

KIDS COUNT Network Brainstorms Racial Equity Strategies

Nearly 200 child and youth advocates gathered in San Antonio earlier this fall to discuss race and ethnic equity during the annual convening of the KIDS COUNT network. The unique focus on race during this year’s conference allowed the advocates to deepen their knowledge of systemic and institutional racism while brainstorming strategies to take back to their communities.

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Access to racial and ethnic data provided by public institutions can often be too limited or too broad in scope to truly analyze inequities between children of color and their white counterparts. Alicia Van Orman, from the Population Reference Bureau, shared techniques for collecting publically-available data and disaggregating it by race during a webinar for the KIDS COUNT network.

After the Great Recession, the nation's child poverty rate increased steadily, peaking at 23% in 2011. Since then, the rate has been on a slow decline and, in 2015, reached its lowest level in five years, at which point one out of every five children lived in poverty.

The KIDS COUNT Network in Action

20th Annual Factbook Released in Rhode Island

The 2014 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook charts improvements and declines in the well-being of children and youth across the state and in each of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns, from birth through adolescence.

importance of oral health in kentucky

A new infographic looks at barriers that Kentuckians face when it comes to having optimal oral health, including cost, lack of preventive care and lack of access.

kids count in colorado! now available

More Colorado children were living in poverty in 2012 than during the worst of the Great Recession. State children are far from seeing the benefits of the economic recovery, according to data in KIDS COUNT in Colorado!