Tuesday, March 6, 2012
National Movement Weekly Update.
KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States. The KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot series highlights specific indicators of child well-being contained in the KIDS COUNT Data Center. The Snaphot series recently released a new Data Snapshot highlighting "High Poverty Communities" - communities with a poverty rate of 30 percent or more - which reports that the number of children living in these communities has risen by 1.6 million, a 25 percent increase since 2000. The Snapshot not only discusses the impact on children and families living in these communities, but solutions for improving their chances of success, including "Leveraging anchor institutions to build strong, supportive communities for children and families" and "Increasing access to affordable housing in safe, opportunity-rich communities for low-income families, particularly families of color." It is a fascinating report and we hope you will take a look. We would also like to hear how you can use this data, and these solutions, to enhance the lives of children and their families in your home states and neighborhoods. So please come to the National Movement for America's Children site to share your thoughts with us and other members from your state, and if you're not sure how you might use this report, please let us know so we can talk about that as well. Have a great week.