Casey Connects: Summer 2006

KIDS COUNT Data Book Urges Support for Family-Based Child Care

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

June 21, 2006

Summary

This issue of Casey Connects summarizes findings from the 2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book and essay. More specifically: It tells what we should do — and what select programs are already doing — to help improve the quality of family, friend and neighbor care across America. Smaller stories include a nod to Casey Family Services turning 30, a former foster care youth’s perspective on the importance of mentors, and a 5-item resource corner.  

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Key Takeaway

The latest KIDS COUNT Data Book essay moves an overlooked caregiver group into the spotlight

Roughly 6.5 million American children will spend their earliest years in family, friend and neighbor care. It’s a caregiver group that’s often undervalued and under-supported, yet unequivocally central to achieving better outcomes for some of our nation’s most vulnerable children.

Findings & Stats

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