The basic premise of KIDS COUNT is that in order to affect good policy change for kids you must have good data on their well-being. In addition, to be the most effective, the data needs to be geographically relevant to the users. For many years, the Utah KIDS COUNT Project housed at Voices for Utah Children has produced a yearly county-by-county assessment of child well-being consisting of close to 30 indicators. This publication is given to all Utah’s legislators in the hope that they will use it to make reasonable, data-driven policy that benefits all Utah’s children and their families.
This legislative session, we took providing data one step further and created pocket sized data cards that are specific to just their districts. The 104 distinct cards provide statistics on 19 indicators of child well-being. We hope policymakers will use this data to promote effective policies and track the well-being of children to ensure that families are on paths to economic opportunity and communities are safe and healthy for all kids, regardless of race, class or zip code.
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For 30 years now, Voices for Utah Children has called on our state, federal and local leaders to put children’s needs first. But the work is not done. The children of 30 years ago now have children of their own. Too many of these children are growing up in poverty, without access to healthcare or quality educational opportunities.
How can you be involved?
Make a tax-deductible donation to Voices for Utah Children—or join our Network with a monthly donation of $20 or more. Network membership includes complimentary admission to Network events with food, socializing, and opportunity to meet child advocacy experts. And don't forget to join our listserv to stay informed!
We look forward to the future of Voices for Utah Children and we hope you will be a part of our next 30 years.
Special thanks to American Express, our "Making a Difference All Year Long" sponsor.