National 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book
The 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book was released on June 13 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in partnership with Voices for Virginia’s Children. This 28th edition of the Data Book contains a KIDS COUNT child well-being index composed of 16 indicators evenly divided under four key domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.
The Virginia KIDS COUNT Profile presents an index, which delineates recent trends within these four domains.
The highlights include:
Virginia ranked 10th in the nation for overall child well-being, an improvement from last year’s ranking of 11th place. This improvement marks the success of past investments in child well-being across the commonwealth; however, a closer look at the data reveals Virginia still has work to do to improve child well-being.
The good news: the number of children without health insurance has declined. An additional 30,000 children in the commonwealth gained health coverage in the last five years. Virginia is on the right path to ensuring all children have access to health coverage, with 95 percent of kids now having some form of insurance. Much of this progress can be attributed to Virginia’s investments in the Medicaid and FAMIS programs.
The work ahead: the number of children living in poverty has not improved in a meaningful way. One in every six kids live in poverty. Although the United States has seen a five percent decline in the number of children living in poverty in the last five years, Virginia has seen a seven percent increase. Many localities have a rate nearly twice that (or more) of Virginia’s statewide child poverty rate.
The high cost of poverty to Virginia’s economic prosperity tells us we must do better to ensure children grow up to become economically stable and able to contribute to our commonwealth. Virginia’s child poverty rate also makes it even more critical to preserve Medicaid’s current structure, as it serves as a stabilizing factor for families that would otherwise be unable to afford, or would go bankrupt paying for, health care costs.
Voices Press Release: 2017 Virginia KIDS COUNT Release of National Data Book
OTHER NATIONAL REPORTS
2017 Race for Results Report: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children: In this KIDS COUNT policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the intersection of children, opportunity, race, and immigration. The report features updated data for the Race for Results Index, which measures how children are progressing on key milestones by race and ethnicity at the national and state levels.
2014 Race for Results Report: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children is an Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT policy report that unveils the new Race for Results Index 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, though some groups are faring better than others.