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National 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book was released on June 27 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in partnership with Voices for Virginia’s Children. This 29th 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.

Virginia ranked 10th in the nation for overall child well-being for the second consecutive year.  This relatively high ranking reflects the success of past investments in child well-being across the commonwealth. Virginia’s rank within each of the four domains considered is as follows:

  • 13th in economic well-being: Virginia continues to lag behind the nation in the rate at which it is reducing child poverty. While nearby states continue to improve in rank on this metric, the commonwealth is facing child poverty at a rate that is on par with 2010 levels. More than 260,000 kids (14 percent) are living below the poverty line.
  • 6th in education: In recent years, Virginia has made steady gains in the number of students graduating from high school, putting the commonwealth ahead of the national average with 87 percent of students graduating on time.
  • 14th in health: With only 5 percent of children uninsured, health insurance coverage continues to be a bright spot in the commonwealth after experiencing a 29 percent drop since just 2010.
  • 13th in the family and community domain: Teen birth rates are at an all-time low nationwide, and Virginia has seen a 41 percent decrease since 2010 in the rate of births to teens ages 15 to 19 (16 births per 1,000 in 2016), ranking 11th on this indicator within the family and community domain.

Voices Press Release: 2018 Virginia KIDS COUNT Release of National Data Book


2018 Opening Doors for Young Parents Report: This report reminds policymakers and child advocates of the barriers that young families face. It examines national and state-level trends — highlighting areas of opportunity and concern — and then shares potential solutions that can help these families thrive.

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.