The Annie E. Casey's 30th KIDS COUNT Data Book provides the most comprehensive annual report on child well-being in the United States
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.
Delaware’s 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 America’s 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.