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It is our hope that the KIDS COUNT Data Book and the accompanying KIDS COUNT Data Center will help raise the visibility of children’s issues on the national agenda and serve as a tool for advocates, policymakers, and others to make better decisions. 37 Rosa Huestis Rochester, New Hampshire A “If I didn’t have the extra funding coming in, there is no way I would have made it. ” t age 20, Vermont native and former foster youth Rosa Huestis had completed high school, enrolled in college, and was getting help covering her housing and education costs, thanks to state assistance and the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.

By updating the assessment every year, KIDS COUNT provides ongoing benchmarks that can be used to see how states have advanced or regressed over time. Readers can also use KIDS COUNT to compare the status of children in their state with those in other states across several dimensions of child well-being. Although the 10 measures used in KIDS COUNT to rank states can hardly capture the full range of conditions shaping children’s lives, we believe these indicators possess three important attributes: (1) They reflect a wide range of factors affecting the well-being of children, such as health, adequacy of income, and educational attainment.

Basic Facts About LowIncome Children, 2009: Children Under Age 3. New York, NY: National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University. pdf 36. , and Hofferth, S. L. (2010). ” Journal of Family Issues, 32(3), pp. 346–368. , and Ratcliffe, C. (2010). Progress Toward Self-Sufficiency for Low-Wage Workers. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute. 37. Shonkoff, J. , and Phillips, D. A. ). (2000). From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

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