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 2016 Minnesota KIDS COUNT Data Book Release and Coffee Tour Kick-Off will be November 15 at the La Creche Early Childhood Center in Minneapolis. For more information and to RSVP, click here. The 2016 KIDS COUNT Coffee Tour, a series of events designed to generate discussion about the data and solutions to improving child outcomes, will run through early 2017. If you’re interested in hosting a KIDS COUNT Coffee in your community, contact Stephanie Hogenson at shogenson@childrensdefense.org or 651-855-1175.  

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

Research and data demonstrate the significant returns on investment that we can reap when we invest in our youngest children through early education and support programs that improve opportunity for success for young children and their families. Data and disparities show we need to invest more to ensure our youngest children are successful now so we can secure a prepared workforce and economic prosperity in the future.

This year's data book entitled "Tipping the Scales in Early Childhoood focuses on early childhood and features research on the importance of early childhood development, data on the status of Minnesota's youngest citizens, and programs and policies that support success in early childhood and throughout adulthood. Most of the data is disaggregated by race and ethnicity, and we've highlighted evidence-based interventions aimed to improve outcomes for children with an emphasis on programs and policies that are culturally focused and/or particularly beneficial to children of color. Organized around Children's Defense Fund mission, the data book provides research and indicators around providing young children a Fair Start, a Head Start, a Healthy Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start and successful passage into adulthood with caring families and communities. 

Download the 2016 Minnesota KIDS COUNT Data Book: Tipping the Scales in Early Childhood.

Join us for a KIDS COUNT Coffee Event near you to learn more about the data book!

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The 2016 Minnesota KIDS COUNT Data Book Release and Coffee Tour Kick-Off will be November 15 at the La Creche Early Childhood Center in Minneapolis. For more information and to RSVP, click here.The 2016 KIDS COUNT Coffee Tour, a series of events designed to generate discussion about the data and solutions to improving child outcomes, will run through early 2017.

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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