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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
- Family & Community
- 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.
Updated Poverty Data for Virginia
New data recently released by the Census Bureau show that child poverty in Virginia increased from 15.5% in 2012 to 15.7% in 2013. Virginia is one of 10 states that had an increase in child poverty. Since the start of the recession, the number of children growing up in poverty has increased by 69,771, raising the total number to more than 289,032. The Census Bureau data indicate that children bear a disproportionate share of the recession’s damaging effects, as the 2013 child poverty rate of 15.7% exceeded the overall Virginia poverty rate of 12%. Moreover, the data reveal that child poverty is not evenly distributed across the state; rates vary across locales from 3% to 47%.
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. This site consists of quick facts that include population data about age, gender, households, families, housing units, social, economic, and housing data. You may view data for states, cities, and counties.
NATIONAL 2015 KIDS COUNT DATA BOOK – The 26th edition The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book was released on July 21 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in partnership with Voices for Virginia’s Children is the 26th edition. The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book contains a 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 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 be worrisome. For the first time in years, the overall well-being of Virginia’s children worsened: our state ranking went from 11 last year to 14 this year, in part because of the increased child poverty rate. The percent of children living in poverty increased from 14% in 2008 to 16% in 2013. Single-parents have an increased chance of struggling financially. The percent of children living in single-parent families increased from 30% in 2008 to 32% in 2013.
The 2015 Virginia Child Well-Being Index delineates recent trends within the four domains of economic well-being, education, health, and family & community. The mobile Data Center offers hundreds of measures of child well-being available on any smartphone: http://mobile.kidscount.org.
RACE FOR RESULTS: BUILDING A PATH TO OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL CHILDREN is an Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT policy report that unveils the new Race for Results Index comprised of 12 indicators, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level. The index is a measure of the primary ingredients children need to succeed. None of Virginia’s racial and ethnic groups of children meet all the key milestones. But some racial groups are doing better than others because some groups have many more obstacles than other groups.