We'll count down the 2017 Utah Legislative Session with daily data about Utah kids.

09 January 2017 Written by  

boy with calendarDuring the 2017 Legislative session, Utah lawmakers will be making decisions daily that will affect our state’s children and their families. At Voices for Utah Children, we know it’s important to make sure that decision makers have up-to-date, accurate, and accessible data to base their decisions on. That’s where our Utah KIDS COUNT Project comes in. Our annual “Measures of Child Well-Being” provides data on a variety of indicators at the county level.

In addition, this year, the Utah KIDS COUNT project is proud to introduce our latest data product: a “page-a-day” countdown calendar! This daily electronic legislative calendar not only shares data, highlights programs, and policy solutions but also serves as a reminder of how many days are left in the legislative session to make a difference for kids. Please follow us @utchildren on twitter and like us on Facebook in order to get involved electronically as we count down the days in this year’s legislative session.

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. Amex


Terry Haven 300Terry Haven, Deputy Director, joined the organization in 1996. She researches and publishes the annual Utah KIDS COUNT data book that reports on the well-being of Utah's children by county. She analyzes U.S Census data and provides data support for all Voices issue areas. She also conducts trainings and provides technical assistance on data work for community groups. Terry is the point person at Voices for our work on Intergenerational Poverty and two-generation strategies for moving children and their families out of poverty. This includes working with the Intergenerational Poverty Commission Research Subcommittee and focusing on chronic absence.Terry works with a number of national partners including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ascend Fund at the Aspen Institute, and Attendance Works to help further the mission of Voices for Utah Children. Her academic background is in sociology, with a Bachelors degree and Masters degree from the University of Wyoming.