National 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book
The 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book was released on June 21 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in partnership with Voices for Virginia’s Children and is the 27th edition. This Data Book contains a KIDS COUNT child well-being index composed of 16 indicators evenly divided under four key domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family & Community.
The 2016 Virginia Child Well-Being Index delineates recent trends within the four domains of economic well-being, education, health, and family & community. The index reveals a mixed picture for children in the United States and Virginia. Moderate growth in Virginia’s economy has not yet yielded results for many children in Virginia; 16 percent of Virginia children are growing up in poverty. This disturbing trend comes in the midst of an overall improvement in Virginia’s child well-being ranking; Virginia has moved up three places in the national rankings of overall child well-being to 11th place, consistent with its ranking two years ago.
RACE FOR RESULTS: Building A Path To Opportunity For All Children: is an Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT policy report that unveils the new Race for Results Index of 12 indicators, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level. The index is a measure of the primary ingredients children need to succeed. None of Virginia’s racial and ethnic groups of children meet all the key milestones, though some groups are faring better than others.