Measuring Child Well-being in 1994 and Today

10 September 2015 Written by  
As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Voices for Utah Children, we are looking back at great memories from the last three decades. Voices for Utah Children began the Kids Count project in 1994, an annual effort to measure the well-being of Utah children in four areas: economic well-being, education, health, and family/community and assess how Utah kids are faring in comparison to their peers across the country.
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Kids Count reports have been used to inform coalitions of child advocates and service providers across the state, such as at this conference in 1995:
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State Kids Count reports from the 90's and early 2000's:
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Kids count because they are the future!
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Kids Count reports have also been a valuable tool to educate lawmakers on the needs of Utah children and encourage them to prioritize children in policymaking and funding allocation decisions.  Pictured below, Child Advocacy Day at the Utah Legislature in 2002:
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These adorable children were featured in the Utah Kids Count report in 1996 and again in 2005:
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Voices for Utah Children Deputy Director and Kids Count Coordinator Terry Haven continues to be a leading expert in Utah child well-being today. In 2015, she was featured in a short documentary called, the State of Our Kids: The Early Years:
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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?

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 for sponsoring our 30th Anniversary Year. Amex

April Young Bennett 300April Young Bennett, Communications Director, joined the organization in 2014. She received her Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona and her Bachelor in Community Health Education from Utah State University. Prior to joining Voices for Utah Children, April worked for the Utah Department of Health for over a decade, addressing health disparities among minorities and other underserved Utahns. She completed internships and fellowships with the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and the U.S. Senate.