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KIDS COUNT Network Deepens Strategies for Combating Racial Inequities

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William J. Barber II

As more than 150 leaders from child advocacy organizations from across the United States kicked off a recent two-day retreat in Atlanta, social justice activist Rev. William Barber reminded the group that addressing racial inequities in child well-being is a universal imperative.

Posted December 14, 2018

How Shared Data Helped Link Housing Conditions and School Readiness

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A graphic that reflects how integrated data works to protect and support children.

In Cleveland, researchers used combined data to connect housing-related risk factors with reduced kindergarten readiness. City workers and community organizations then turned to the same tool — shared data — to help implement solutions.

Posted December 13, 2018

Rewriting the Playbook for Reducing Juvenile Delinquency

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Teenage boy with braces

A growing body of research champions developmentally appropriate strategies for supporting young people who have crossed paths with the juvenile justice system. Instead of promoting surveillance, punishment and intensive sanctions like detention, the latest research supports strategies rooted in patience, encouragement and positive youth development.

Posted December 6, 2018

Study: Early Work Experience and Supportive Adults A Boon to Low-Income Youth

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Young person at work with colleagues

Young people who grow up in low-income households often face steep challenges on the road to adulthood. But three factors — a postsecondary degree, early labor market experience and work-based learning opportunities that include positive relationships with adults — can improve their future success, according to a new report funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Posted December 6, 2018

Kids Deserve Better: Why Juvenile Detention Reform Matters

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Two young men sitting on a bench in a park

Detention is a pivotal decision point in the juvenile justice process. Even a short turn in confinement can have an outsized influence on court outcomes, and it can also mean profound and potentially lifelong negative consequences for the young people involved, according to research.

Posted December 5, 2018

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What We Know

Proven Programs for Youth

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development helps communities and professionals find and fund proven programs that promote children’s health and development.

Youth Incarceration Drops

The U.S. lock-up rate for young people is rapidly declining. Check out our infographic underscoring the sea change in youth confinement that is underway.

What is Permanence?

Every child needs and deserves to grow up in a safe, loving and nurturing family – a family whose support is unconditional and will last a lifetime.

Relative Caregivers on the Rise

One in 11 U.S. kids will live in kinship care at some point before the age of 18. What can we do to support relative caregivers to ensure that their children thrive.

Detention Reform for Girls

Effectively serving girls are among the most difficult issues facing detention leaders. We offer a how-to guide to help administrators create needed reforms.

First Eight Years are Critical

This KIDS COUNT policy report makes the case for investing in an integrated and comprehensive solution to meet the developmental needs of all children through age 8,