Missouri KIDS COUNT® has launched its new website including feature stories, policy briefs, and connections to new and improved data sources.
The updated website includes the Missouri KIDS COUNT® data book that highlights indicators and county rankings, a searchable archive of Missouri KIDS COUNT® data available since 1993, statistical reports, and research papers.
The Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT), is the official Annie E. Casey (AECF) KIDS COUNT® partner in Missouri. FACT is a not-for-profit with board members drawn from the top leadership in state government and the private sector to promote and support collaboration and innovation in service delivery for Missouri’s children and families through its network of 20 “community partnerships” around the state. ARCHS is the St. Louis region’s state designated community partnership.
FACT partners with the University of Missouri Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA), and the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) to offer Missouri KIDS COUNT® services.
ARCHS will be providing local educational briefings about KIDS COUNT® and creating case studies that document the St. Louis area’s efforts to improve the quality of life for St. Louis’ most vulnerable, at-risk children.
On July 22, 2014 the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its 25th annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book. The report identifies trends in child well-being since 1990, the first year the report was published, and compares national and state-level data from 2005 to 2012.
The report ranks states on overall child well-being in four categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community life.
Missouri has improved its ranking in education and health, but has decreased in three of four indicators of economic well-being and two of four indicators of family and community life. However, there have been improvements in family and community life, with data showing an increase in children whose head of household has a high school diploma and a decrease in teen births.
In 2014 the Family and Community Trust (FACT) was selected by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to represent KIDS COUNT® in Missouri.
FACT is a non-profit organization supporting 20 community partnerships around the state whose mission is to find solutions to improve the lives of families and children in their communities. ARCHS is the designated community partnership for the St. Louis region.
Download the National KIDS COUNT® Report
Download the Missouri KIDS COUNT® Summary
Access the Missouri Data
The Family and Community Trust (FACT) is the newest KIDS COUNT® grantee in Missouri. FACT is a not-for-profit organization supporting 20 community partnerships (including ARCHS) around the state whose mission is to find solutions that improve the lives of families and children in their communities.
"FACT is celebrating its 21st year of service and this newest partnership with Annie E. Casey greatly increases our ability to impact children's lives," said FACT Manager and Board Director, William T. Dent
KIDS COUNT® is a national and state-by-state effort to track the well-being of children, through high quality data and trend analysis.
"KIDS COUNT® data is vital for every youth development and multi-generation serving professional as you plan for evaluation and measuring your program's social return on investment," said Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer. "For example, you can use the county level data to help set percentage targets and milestones for your program logic model or grant proposal. Because KIDS COUNT® data is vetted by experts, you can rely on their reports as you seek meaningful outcome and performance indicators to compare with your specific program results."
"The selection of FACT provides a unique opportunity for a very well established statewide community-based organization, with state level leadership, to forge new partnerships and to expand access to valuable child-focused data and research," said Dennis Campa, Associate Director of Policy Reform and Advocacy with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
FACT joins long-time KIDS COUNT® partners -- Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) at the University of Missouri, and the Children's Trust Fund. The KIDS COUNT® in Missouri Data Book offers relevant analysis of childhood well-being and the county rankings, as well as issue and policy analysis.