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now home to 38,856 more children since 1990, part of a nationwide growth
according to data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. With this increase
in the youth population, greater investments are necessary to expand access to
early childhood education, ensuring every Delaware child a foundation for later
learning and success.
The 2019 KIDS COUNT
Data Book the most
comprehensive annual report on child well-being in the United States notes
measurable progress since the first Data Book, which was published in 1990.
Still, more than 13 million U.S. children live in poverty, and serious racial
and ethnic disparities persist.
Delawares youngest residents are the most racially and ethnically diverse
generation ever, said Janice Barlow, director of KIDS COUNT in Delaware. We
know that targeting policy to the varied needs of a diverse population
simultaneously is a challenge. However, the payoffs, both economically and
morally, are well worth the work.
KIDS COUNT Data Book shows
how essential accurate data is to sound policymaking. The 2010 census missed
more than 2 million of Americas youngest residents the age group with the
highest likelihood to be missed. Gaining an accurate count of young children
must be a priority. The stakes are high: federal programs allocate $800 billion
a year across the United States based on census-derived statistics, $160
billion of which goes to programs that help kids thrive.
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The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation uses 16 indicators to rank each state across four domains health, education, economic well-being and family and community as an assessment of child well-being. Delaware ranks:
The Casey Foundation points to areas of tremendous
improvement in childrens lives including access to health care,
decreased rates of teen childbearing and increased rates of high school
graduation and draws a direct line to policies that support this success.
With the child population larger than three decades ago, and with so much work
left to do, KIDS COUNT in Delaware and the Casey Foundation call on elected
officials and representatives to:
2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book is
the 30th edition of an annual data study that is based on U.S.
Census and other publicly available data, representing all 50 states, the
District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
additional resources related to the 2019 Data Book include:
2019 What Would It Take Delaware
Video 1:How Has the U.S. Child Population Changed Since 1990?
Video 2:How the States Compare in the 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book