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Kids Count Alaska is part of a nationwide program, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to collect and publicize information about children’s health, safety, and economic status. We pull together information from many sources and present it all in one place. We hope this site and our book give Alaskans a broad picture of how the state’s children are doing and provides parents, policymakers, and others interested in the welfare of children with information they need to improve life for children and families.

Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success

A new report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success, focuses on the high number of children in care throughout the U.S. who are in “non-family placement settings” and discusses the outcomes for kids in congregate care.  In Alaska, 6% of the 1,997 children in foster care in 2013 were in non-family placement settings – that’s half the national average.  Read the report.

Kids Count Alaska 2013-2014 Data Book Released

Cover Image for Kids Count Alaska 2013-2014 DatabookThe 2013-2014 Kids Count Alaska data book reports that teenagers in the state commit crime at only about half the rate they did 20 years ago, and that Alaska is one of the safest places in the country to be born, with the share of babies born at low birthweight 25% below the national average. The new data book includes much more information on the health, safety, education, and economic status of Alaska’s children and teenagers.

Download the data book (PDF, 2.5MB), or request a printed copy from ISER at 907-786-7710.

Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Data Snapshot shows that the federal government’s official poverty measure created in the 1960s uses outdated information on how U.S. families are faring and can’t show the effect of programs designed to help them. The report describes an alternative index for measuring poverty—known as the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM)—it can show the effect of safety net programs and tax policies on families.

2014 National Kids Count Data Book Released

Cover of 2014 National Kids Count Data BookThe KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the 2014 report ranks states on overall child well-being and in four domains: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health, and (4) family and community. For 2014, the three highest-ranked states for child well-being were Massachusetts, Vermont and Iowa; the three lowest-ranked were Nevada, New Mexico and Mississippi. The report also provides national trends, comparing the latest data with mid-decade statistics.

The 2014 Data Book is the 25th edition of the Casey Foundation’s signature publication. As such, the report also examines trends in child well-being since 1990, the year of the first report. It highlights positive policies and practices that have improved child health and development and features stories from several states on advocacy efforts that have improved outcomes for kids and families.

 

Annie E. Casey Foundation releases new report on early reading proficiency in the United States

Early Reading Proficiency in the United States

Kids Count Early Reading ProficiencyChildren who are proficient readers by the end of third grade are more likely to graduate from high school and to be economically successful in adulthood. This KIDS COUNT data snapshot finds 80 percent of fourth-graders from low-income families and 66 percent of all fourth-graders are not reading at grade level. While improvements have been made in the past decade, reading proficiency levels remain low. Given the critical nature of reading to children’s individual achievement and the nation’s future economic success, the Casey Foundation offers recommendations for communities and policymakers to support early reading. Early reading proficiency rates for the nation and each state are provided.

Annie E. Casey Foundation releases new policy report on early childhood development

What’s it take to help children succeed in the first eight years? The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a new policy report: The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success. This KIDS COUNT policy report details how a child’s early development from birth through age 8 is essential to making an effective transition into elementary school and for long-term academic achievement.
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