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Data Snapshots

The KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot is a short issue brief that highlights specific indicators of child well-being contained in the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

  • Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States (February 2015) This KIDS COUNT data snapshot illustrates how outdated methods measuring poverty in the United States are giving an inaccurate picture of how families are really faring and what public programs are actually working. The brief introduces the more accurate Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) and shows how government programs affect state poverty rates. Recommendations on targeting families in need give policymakers input on implementing efficient and cost-effective public programs.
  • Early Reading Proficiency in the United States (January 2014) Proficient 4th-grade readers are more likely to be high school graduates and be economically successful adults. Although reading proficiency rates have improved over the past decade, large disparities still exist. This KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot outlines those disparities and recommendations to overcome them.
  • Children Living in High-Poverty Communities (February 2012)
    All children need strong families and supportive communities to realize their full potential. For the nearly 8 million U.S. children under age 18 living in areas of concentrated poverty (see box below for a complete description), critical resources for their healthy growth and development — including high-performing schools, quality medical care and safe outdoor spaces — are often out of reach. The chance that a child will live in an area of concentrated poverty has grown significantly over the last decade. In fact, the latest data available show that the number of children living in these communities has risen by 1.6 million, a 25% increase since 2000.
  • Foster Care Placement (May 2011)
    On any given day, there are nearly one half-million children in foster care in the United States. The ideal result for these children is to be placed in a strong, supportive family over being placed in an institution or group home. New data available on the KIDS COUNT Data Center highlight the progress made by many states to increase the rates of children in foster care who are living with families. Child placement is the most critical issue facing public child welfare systems, and monitoring the trends is important in determining the focus and efforts of these systems.