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The 2007 KIDS COUNT Data Book Is Hot Off the Presses

8/1/2007:   Few publications better illuminate the status of America's children and pinpoint trends in their well-being than the KIDS COUNT Data Book. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is releasing the 18th annual KIDS COUNT this week. Readers can peruse state-by-state rankings, supplemental data, and an essay, Lifelong Family Connections: Supporting Permanence for Children in Foster Care.

KIDS COUNT is updated every year using 10 benchmark indicators that help illustrate how states have advanced or regressed over time. Nationally, the data present a complex picture of American children. In this year's KIDS COUNT, 6 of the 10 indicators of child well-being show conditions have improved since 2000, while child well-being has worsened on 4 indicators.

The change in child well-being is particularly clear when comparing changes in the rate of child poverty since the mid-1990s. Between 1994 and 2000, the child poverty rate fell by 30%-the largest decrease in child poverty since the 1960s. Since 2000, the child poverty rate has increased by 2 percentage points, meaning almost 1.2 million more children lived in poverty in 2005 than in 2000.

The entire KIDS COUNT Data Book is available online, along with a national fact sheet and press materials.


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