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KIDS COUNT in Delaware marked its 25th anniversary with the virtual
release of its 2020 Fact Book: Now & Then on May 12, 2020. While
data show progress has been made in the last 25 years on many measures
of child well-being, negative outcomes persist for children and families
who are marginalized, suggesting who will be most impacted from the
current COVID-19 pandemic.
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 children.
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
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It is the hope of KIDS COUNT in Delaware that the
data presented in the 2020 Fact Book, offered within the context of the
current pandemic, will give leaders and advocates across Delaware the
knowledge to create policy that will benefit children most impacted by
repercussions of the coronavirus. Rebecca King, comments We are
communities of people whose lives depend on connections to each other.
Now more than ever, in this unprecedented epidemic, is the time for us to
step forward to help our neighbors, families and the children who are
counting on us. Policies that center equity to create relief from
COVID-19 will have positive impact for children and families beyond this
May 12, 2020