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2014 MN Data Book
How Are the Children in Your County?
County-by-county data will be available soon.
Join us for a KIDS COUNT Coffee in your community!
Children thrive when their basic needs are met and they have opportunities to learn, grow and explore. In turn, communities thrive when children grow up to be strong, healthy and prepared for college and careers. With a stagnating child population and a booming older generation[i], it’s imperative for Minnesota’s future that every child in the state has access to basic needs such as food, health care and housing. It is also important that all children have equal access to opportunities that help guarantee a brighter future such as high quality early education, summer learning programs and college preparation classes. This combination of basic needs and access to opportunities is a recipe for ensuring children grow up healthy and socially and academically prepared to contribute to the growth of the state’s economy and the success of future generations.
But for many Minnesota children, family economic instability prevents them from accessing not only enriching social and academic opportunities, but also their basic needs. While children in poverty are most at risk for having insufficient access to healthy food, high quality child care, stable housing and preventative health care, children in families at even two to three times the Federal Poverty Level are also at risk for having what they need to thrive.
This year’s KIDS COUNT Data Book examines what happens when children live in families that struggle to meet basic needs let alone access opportunities to help them thrive. The Data Book has a section on each of the basic needs budget items: Food, Housing, Health Care, Child Care, Transportation and Other Necessities. Each section provides research on what happens to children when they aren’t able to meet each basic need and the compounding effects that economic instability has on a child’s physical, emotional, social and academic outcomes.
What’s different about his year’s data book?
This year’s data book includes stories from Minnesota families across the state who are working hard but still struggle to meet basic needs. The stories bring the data to life to show policymakers and child advocates what day-to-day life is like for Minnesotans struggling to make ends meet to better understand the strength these families demonstrate daily as well as the programs and policies that could improve their economic stability. The data and the stories together are a resource to improve outcomes of children experiencing economic instability so that together we can ensure the economic security of our state by putting all children on a path to success.
Learn More: Join Us for at a KIDS COUNT Coffee Event
On Monday, October 27, CDF-MN released this year’s KIDS COUNT Data Book, entitled “Budgeting for Better Child Outcomes,” and kicked off its 2014 KIDS COUNT Coffee Tour. We hope you can join us at one of the KIDS COUNT Coffee events in your community! Attendees will learn about statewide trends in children’s health, education, and economic security, discuss how economic stability and the affordability of basic needs affects child outcomes, and policies that could improve child outcomes to ensure that the state has a healthy, educated, and stable future workforce.
RSVP to a 2014 KIDS COUNT Coffee Event Near You!
Duluth - November 3
Elbow Lake - November 6
Owatonna - November 11
Brooklyn Center - November 13
White Bear Lake - November 14
Grand Rapids - November 17
Mankato - November 18
Willmar - November 19
Bemidji - details to come
Stillwater - details to come
Plymouth - details to come
Detroit Lakes - details to come
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 (CDF-MN) releases periodic reports and an annual data book regarding the well-being of children and families in Minnesota.
[i] U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates for July 1, 2012.