Minnesota KIDS COUNT

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 U.S. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.

As the Minnesota KIDS COUNT grantee, Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota works with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to locally release the National KIDS COUNT Data Book and policy reports as well as publish Minnesota-specific reports and an annual Minnesota KIDS COUNT Data Book. Additionally, CDF-MN updates Minnesota statewide and county-level data on the online KIDS COUNT Data Center.

The 2015 Minnesota KIDS COUNT Data Book was released at an event in November 2015 and kicked off the statewide 2015 KIDS COUNT Coffee Tour, a series of events designed to generate discussion about the data and solutions to improving child outcomes. 

2016 - Minnesota Ranked #1 in Child Well-Being

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual National KIDS COUNT® Data Book on June 21, 2016.

Minnesota ranked number one for the second year in a row in overall child well-being in the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. However, Minnesota has continued to have some of the greatest disparities in health, education and economic outcomes for its children of color when compared to other states. Read more in our press release.

2016 National KIDS COUNT Data Book

2016 National KIDS COUNT Data Book - Minnesota Fact Sheet

2016 National KIDS COUNT Data Book - Minnesota Fact Sheet

June 20, 2016

2015 - Minnesota Ranked #1 in Child Well-Being

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual National KIDS COUNT Data Book on July 21, 2015.

Minnesota ranked as the #1 state for child well-being. Still, stark disparities persist in the state for American Indian children and children of color. Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota convened a press conference with Governor Mark Dayton to celebrate the strides that propelled the state to number one while acknowledging the need for further investment and policy changes to ensure all children can thrive.

The Data Book examines overall child well-being, and bases its state rankings on 16 indicators in four categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

This year, Minnesota ranked 5th in economic well-being, 2nd in health, 6th in education, and 4th in family and community. Overall, Minnesota ranked 1st in the nation in child well-being. Despite Minnesota’s high rankings in this year’s study, when the data is examined by race and ethnicity, it is evident that children of color and American Indian children in Minnesota experience greater barriers to success including being more likely to live in economically insecure families and neighborhoods, less likely to attend preschool, meet reading and math standards, and graduate on time. The changing demographics highlighted in the Data Book illustrate the urgent need to address disparities in economic, health and education outcomes that threaten the state’s future workforce.

2015 National KIDS COUNT Data Book

Minnesota KIDS COUNT Data Book

The face of Minnesota is changing. It's morally and economically imperative that Minnesota ensure children of color and American Indian children have access to opportunities so they can thrive.

The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book entitled "Developing Opportunities for All Minnesota Children" focuses on outcomes and successful opportunities to ensure all Minnesota children are successful, particularly children of color and American Indian children. Organized by children’s developmental stages including sections on Prenatal to Birth, Early Childhood, School Age, Adolescence and Young Adulthood, the data book includes indicators of child well-being disaggregated by race and ethnicity and highlights evidence-based interventions that improve outcomes for children. With children of color and American Indian children making up nearly one-third of the school-age population and the child population under age 5, the state can't wait any longer to address disparities and must focus on providing opportunities to all children. The data book makes the case that to address disparities and continue to have a prosperous Minnesota, the state must target investment and outreach around programs that are culturally relevant and proven to improve outcomes for children of color and American Indian children.

Download the 2015 Minnesota KIDS COUNT Data Book: Developing Opportunities for All Minnesota Children.

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The 2015 Minnesota KIDS COUNT Coffee Tour was kicked off with the Minnesota KIDS COUNT Data Book release in November 2015 in Minneapolis.

Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota traveled across the state to share the findings of the report and generate community discussion on policy solutions to improve child outcomes. The 2016 coffee tour will commence in the fall following release of the new annual Data Book.

If you are interested in CDF-MN hosting a KIDS COUNT Coffee event in your community this winter, please sign up below. 

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