Missouri’s Family and Community Trust (FACT) has released the 2018 Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book, on April 3, 2018, intended to identify the needs of children and families throughout the state.
Below you will find a link to the 3 counties ARCHS primarily serves in the St. Louis area; St. Louis County, St. Louis City and St. Charles County. The composite rankings of these counties have stayed close to their previous 2014 rankings except for St. Louis County, which ranked lower at 43 instead of 2014's ranking of 34.
Click here to access the specific county data
A few points to highlight for trends seen across these counties:
Improvements were seen across all 3 counties between 2012 and 2016 when looking at the decrease in children under the age of 18 in poverty, preventable hospitalization for children under the age of 18, births to teens ages 15-19 and food insecurity for children (St. Louis County stayed roughly the same with a minimal increase to food insecurity).
The most significant downward trends during that time period were substantiated child abuse/neglect cases and low birthweight infants (excluding St. Charles County which saw a slight decrease in low birthweight).
ARCHS is the St. Louis region's state designated FACT community partnership. As St. Louis' KIDS COUNT® partner, ARCHS strategically enhances 18 education and social service programs provided at more than 380 locations that annually improve the lives of more than 150,000 of the St. Louis region's most vulnerable children and their family members.
Along with disseminating the KIDS COUNT® information ARCHS actively utilizes this data when developing and evaluating the programs it funds and whether the outcomes from these programs are making meaningful impact in areas that matter to the region.