WELCOME TO THE BEST SOURCE FOR DATA ON VIRGINIA’S CHILDREN!
Voices for Virginia’s Children is part of the KIDS COUNT national network funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. KIDS COUNT is the best source for comprehensive data on child well-being in Virginia. The KIDS COUNT Data Center is open to all and provides users with a powerful tool to view statewide and locality-level data in the following domains:
- Economic Well-Being
- Safety and Risky Behaviors
By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, the Voices KIDS COUNT system advances local and state efforts to improve the lives of children. Tracking multiple indicators over time allows Voices to highlight emerging trends and risks and then guide policymakers to respond in ways that protect and enhance child well-being. By measuring child outcomes, the system helps to evaluate and improve policy initiatives and also increases public accountability for results. Virginia KIDS COUNT fosters data-driven policy-making, public education and advocacy on behalf of children.
VIRGINIA KIDS COUNT DATA CENTER
Statewide and Locality-Level Data Center – This interactive site allows users to access Virginia city, county, and state data and to create custom profiles, maps, and graphs. Watch this video to learn how to use the interactive Data Center.
Census Data – This site consists of population data about age, gender, households, families, and housing units from the Census Short Form and social, economic, and housing data from the Census Long Form. You may view data for states, cities, counties and legislative districts.
NATIONAL 2012 KIDS COUNT DATA BOOK
The 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book was released on July 25 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in partnership with Voices for Virginia’s Children. The 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book contains a new KIDS COUNT child well-being index composed of 16 indicators evenly divided under 4 key domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.
The new index reveals a mixed picture for children in the United States and Virginia. Unlike the domains of Education and Health where children are benefiting from long-term progress overall, the Economic Well-Being and Family & Community domains continue to decline due to the country’s economic crisis. 2012 Virginia Child Well-Being Index
The mobile Data Center offers hundreds of measures of child well-being available on any smartphone: http://mobile.kidscount.org.
UPDATED POVERTY DATA FOR VIRGINIA
- New data recently released by the Census Bureau show that child poverty in Virginia continued to worsen in 2010. The latest child poverty rate is 14.6%, up from 13.9% in 2009. Since the start of the recession, the number of children growing up in poverty has increased by nearly 30,000, raising the total number to more than 260,000. The Census Bureau data indicate that children bear a disproportionate share of the recession’s damaging effects, as the 2010 child poverty rate of 14.6% exceeded the overall Virginia poverty rate of 11.1%. Moreover, the data reveal that child poverty is not evenly distributed across the state; rates vary across congressional districts from 6.4% to 29.5%. In the last year, child poverty has deepened in 8 of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts. Voices has created child poverty briefs for each congressional district and will disseminate the information to each congressman to ensure that all are fully aware of the adverse and still-growing impact of the recession on children in their district.
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- To receive copies of KIDS COUNT publications, contact Voices’ staff.