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to improving the well-being of our state's children, youth and their families,
KIDS COUNT in Delaware has been using highly credible research, data collection
and education to inform change on behalf of children for the last 25 years.
KIDS COUNT is a national and state-by-state effort by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the well-being of children in the United States. KIDS COUNT in Delaware, a project of the Center for Community Research & Service, is a collaborative effort of over forty organizations to enrich local and state discussion concerning ways to secure better lives for all children by providing policy makers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being.
KIDS COUNT in Delaware Team:
Janice Barlow, MPA, Policy Scientist and KIDS COUNT Director
Erin Lynch, MS, Assistant Policy Scientist
Natalie Paramo, Public Policy Intern
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The COVID-19 pandemic and recent civil unrest resulting from racial
injustice have intensified the need to re-imagine how communities and
public systems support children and families. Because these barriers
persist even with the broad progress of the past twenty-five years, it
is more urgent than ever for leaders to focus on systemic solutions that
work for everyone.
In a year-long webinar series "Timeline Tuesdays," KIDS COUNT in Delaware
brings together leaders from across the state to engage in conversations
- both grounded in data and informed by those working in the field - to
advance collaboration towards positive outcomes for children and
families. The goal of this series is to translate research and policy
from the past 25 years into effective action steps in partnership with
Webinar dates & topics planned:
Registration for future webinars within the series will be forthcoming.
Data from the KIDS COUNT in Delaware 2020 Fact Book: Now & Then show progress
has been made in the last 25 years on many measures of child
well-being. Howeer, negative outcomes persist for children and families who are
marginalized, suggesting who will be most impacted from the current
Strides have been made in the past 25 years
regarding many aspects of child health and wellbeing: Delawares teen
birth rate has fallen, the percentage of children without health
insurance has dropped, safety standards have decreased the number of
child deaths, and the creation of an initiative for juvenile
alternatives to detention has impacted the rate of incarcerated
The next 25 years present an opportunity for
improvement on various social determinants of health: reductions in the
rate of babies born at low birth weight and the percentage of babies
born to single moms. COVID-19 has brought to light an urgent need to
reimagine how communities and public systems support children and
families. We knew vulnerabilities existed in many communities, says
Janice Barlow, and now, during a public health crisis, we see how
devastating they can be on a whole new scale. Data from the past 25
years show that we as a state have failed to eliminate the persistent
racial and ethnic inequities that are shown in the measures of child
The online KIDS COUNT Data Center offers data on education, employment and income, poverty, health and youth at-risk factors. We invite you to discover ways to customize the data and join us in using this data to make informed decisions by investing in Delaware's biggest asset, our kids.
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