For more than 25 years, KIDS COUNT has been the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s flagship investment for providing public officials and child advocates with data, tools and policy recommendations to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. This investment has been substantial — more than $128 million to date — but so, too, have been the returns. In 2014 alone, the network of KIDS COUNT grantees achieved policy wins in 33 states, resulting in $8.3 billion in new or defended policy investments that will benefit an estimated 20.6 million children and more than 11 million families.
A new report, From Project to Platform: The Evolution of KIDS COUNT, tells the story of the transformation of a single data book documenting measures of child well-being into a mission-critical vehicle for building bipartisan support for proven solutions and policy change. Today, KIDS COUNT includes:
a network of independent advocacy organizations in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands;
a continuous stream of data and research products on the well-being of children; and
a coordinated communications and capacity-building strategy ensuring that this information is heard.