Children’s Trust of South Carolina serves as the KIDS COUNT grantee by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
KIDS COUNT is a major initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It provides funding and technical assistance for a nationwide network of KIDS COUNT grantee projects, currently in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Grantees collect data on and advocate for the well-being of children at the state and local levels.
KIDS COUNT is best known for its annual data book that profiles the status of children on a national and state-by-state basis and ranks states on measures of well-being. Currently South Carolina ranks 41st in the nation in child well-being. A copy of the data book is available upon request at Children’s Trust and the data is available from the Casey Foundation at the KIDS COUNT data center.
Founded in 1948, the primary mission of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities, and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs.
Out of its desire to foster decision-making at all levels based on the best available data, KIDS COUNT was launched in 1990 with the release of the first KIDS COUNT Data Book featuring 10 comparable key measures of child well-being for each of the 50 states, as well as other state-level data for monitoring the status of children. The Data Book has been released every year, and is still the flagship report of the Casey Foundation.
In 2012 the indicators were expanded to 16 and framed into four domains. These four domains are Economic Well-Being, Education, Health and Family and Community.
How the KIDS COUNT Data Center Can Help a Child Advocate
Accessing and using KIDS COUNT data center
The following is a presentation on how to access KIDS COUNT data and use the data center.
Data to Make a DifferenceData to Make a Difference, Annie E. Casey Foundation
This video from the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights how child advocates, policy makers and journalists can harness the power of data using the KIDS COUNT Data Center.