About Florida KIDS COUNTThe objective of Florida KIDS COUNT (FKC) is to inform Floridians and their policy makers about the quality of life for Florida's children, and to build leadership and accountability for action on behalf of our children. FKC annually updates and disseminates national, statewide and county-level data on key indicators for Florida's children. Read More +
2016 Florida KIDS COUNT County Data BookFlorida’s growing population ranks us as the third fastest growing state in the U.S. In 2014, we had more than 19 million residents and we will likely have 2 million more by 2020. As part of our efforts, Florida KIDS COUNT has just completed a county-by-county profile data-book providing more information on how to improve poverty levels, education and health outcomes. Read More +
Florida KIDS COUNT Data ServicesFlorida KIDS COUNT is here to provide you with consistent and reliable data for you to adapt to a variety of uses including policy analysis, grant and proposal writing, needs assessments and public education. Read More +
State and National PublicationsFlorida KIDS COUNT annually updates and disseminates national, statewide and county-level data on key indicators for Florida's children. Read More +
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Florida’s growing population ranks us as the third fastest growing state in the U.S. (U.S. Census, 2014). In 2014, we had more than 19 million residents and we will likely have 2 million more by 2020. One in five of us is a child under the age of 18. And we are diverse. Among children, 45.2% of our children are White Non-Hispanic, 21.6% are Black or African – American, and 29.8% are Hispanic.
Where children are concerned, we are already a majority ‘minority’ state. Why does this matter? Because we need the full contributions of all of our future citizens and they need the opportunity and support to grow physically, emotionally, educationally and economically.
- We need them to grow up to be to be an educated, prepared workforce.
- We need them to grow up to be taxpayers who support our schools, roadways, and Florida’s breathtaking natural beauty.
- We need them to grow up to share their amazing cultural richness across our state.
- We need them to grow up to be good neighbors living in strong, vibrant communities.
But to do that, we need to help them grow and we need to help their families be the secure foundation children can count on. But how?
As part of our efforts, consistent with the national KIDS COUNT organization, Florida KIDS COUNT has just completed a county-by-county profile data-book which tells us where we need to work harder at the state level and in each of our counties. The data-book provides more information on how we can improve poverty levels, education and health outcomes while reducing negative risk factors. We hope state legislators, public officials and child advocates will use this reliable data to advance sound policies that benefit children and families.
Findings from several recent reports reveal that Florida’s children lag behind the nation and other southeastern states in health insurance coverage. Although the rate of uninsured children in the state declined by 25% from 2009 to 2013, Florida still has nearly half a million children without any health insurance coverage.
Population data for Florida including total population, under age 18, and projections to year 2035.
A snapshot of Florida earnings including all households, median and range incomes with a focus on family households.
According to the KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie. E. Casey Foundation, Florida has slipped 3 places in overall child well-being, down to 40th place from 37th last year. The 2016 edition focuses on key trends in child well-being in the post-recession years and measures child well-being in four domains: economic wellbeing, education, health, and family and community.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT® Data Book shows that while Florida is experiencing positive growth in economic trends, the number of children living in poverty continues to rise. The total number of children living in these families is 969,000 or nearly one in every four. The report also goes on to show that a third of Florida's children are living with parents who lack secure employment.
On any given day, nearly 57,000 young people in child welfare systems in the United States are not living with a family. In this policy report, this and other sobering statistics that point to the urgent need to ensure, through sound policies and proven practices, that everything possible is being done to find loving, nurturing and supported families to help raise more of these children.
Florida KIDS COUNT is shining the light on the Early Childhood Council of Hillsborough County, Inc. Opens in a new window as a standout program having significant impacts on young children and families.
"We have to invest early and often in early care and education, in developmental screenings and in other school readiness initiatives if we are going to help children realize their full potential."
Stephen Martaus, Executive Director - Early Childhood Council of Hillsborough County, IncClick to Nominate an Agency/Community