The 2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book

State Profiles of Child Well-Being

The 2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book focuses on the needs and conditions of America's most disadvantaged children and families, as well as statistical trends. The 2006 edition essay focuses on improving early childhood development opportunities for young children living in low-income neighborhoods and the impact that family, friend and neighbor care has on improving outcomes for children.

January 1, 2006

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AdvoCasey: Winter 2005

Double Jeopardy: AdvoCasey Explores the High Cost of Being Poor

This edition of AdvoCasey documents the high cost of being poor in eye-opening detail — including the immense cost of credit paid by many low-income families. AdvoCasey is a seasonal publication with themed issues that spotlight programs and policies making measurable differences in the lives of kids and families.

December 21, 2005

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Mortar and Muscle

Building Community and Assets Through Self-Help Housing

This brief looks at the experiences of families working together to build their own homes through self-help housing programs. 

November 25, 2005

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Katrina's Window

Confronting Concentrated Poverty Across America

Hurricane Katrina’s assault on New Orleans’ most vulnerable residents and neighborhoods reinvigorated a dialogue on race and class in America. This paper argues that the conversation should focus special attention on alleviating this outdated concentrated urban poverty—the segregation of poor families into extremely distressed neighborhoods.

October 30, 2005

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A House of Cards: Refinancing the American Dream

Borrowing to Make Ends Meet

Due to ever-increasing financial pressures, families often depend on high-cost credit as a way to bridge the gap between stagnant or decreasing incomes and rising costs. This third brief in the Borrowing to Make Ends Meet series examines rising debt and debt burdens, as well as the consequences of leveraging equity. 

September 5, 2005

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Building Family Economic Success: Homeownership and Predatory Lending

This fact sheet tells how a surge in predatory lending practices is dampening the already elusive dream of homeownership for many low-income families. Readers will learn what the Annie E. Casey Foundation is doing to reverse this trend and help all of America’s families afford — and then afford to keep — their very own homes. It is one installment of a 10-part series that highlights how the Foundation is helping to economically empower families across the country.   

August 1, 2005

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The 2005 KIDS COUNT Data Book

This KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a state-by-state statistical portrait of the educational, health, and economic conditions of American children. The essay examines four employment barriers that policymakers and others consider among the most difficult to overcome: substance abuse, domestic violence, a history of incarceration and depression.

January 1, 2005

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A Snapshot of Children on the Texas Border

This four-page Kids Count snapshot spotlights what life is like for children on the Texas border. Readers will review the longstanding challenges facing Texas border residents and learn about new opportunities and key indicators for child well-being in these communities.

March 7, 2004

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