KIDS COUNT: Annie E. Casey Foundation, 1991

Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society (Duke)



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In the hope of improving public policy affecting children and families, the Annie E. Casey Foundation began the KIDS COUNT initiative in 1990 to track the well-being of children in the United States. The following year, KIDS COUNT released its first national data book, which included statistical measurements of a wide range of factors contributing to children’s welfare. The national data, including such indicators as the percentage of children in single parent homes and the percentage of young adults who have dropped out of high school, were broken up state-by-state. In addition, Casey launched a network of state-level KIDS COUNT projects to gather and disseminate data that would enable policymakers, nonprofits, academics, and the general public to observe trends in the social and economic well-being of children and young adults. Today, KIDS COUNT is, with the exception of the U.S. Census, the most widely used reference on the state of American children.



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