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 +
New Parental Incarceration ReportAccording to a new report titled A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities, just released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 312,000 of Florida’s children have experienced the separation of a parent due to incarceration. Find out the steps needed to address this issue. 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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According to a new report just released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 312,000 of Florida’s children have experienced the separation of a parent due to incarceration. In A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities, the Casey Foundation offers commonsense steps officials can take to address the increased poverty and stress that children of incarcerated parents experience – which research shows can have as much impact on their well-being as abuse or domestic violence.
In Florida, 34.4% of its 99,485 inmates reported having 64,848 minor children as of December 2015. Male inmates constituted 89.0% of the inmates who reported having minor children. Only 15.8% of inmates reported that their children lived in the same county or an adjacent county, limiting the opportunities for in-person visits.
Experts agree that poverty has negative consequences on the well-being of children. Those who experience poverty generation after generation often see the most negative consequences from their financial circumstances. Children struggle with poverty at high levels, with 24% of Florida’s children living in poverty (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2015). While the needs of all impoverished children need to be addressed, the impact of poverty on Florida’s Hispanic and Latino children are magnified disproportionately due to their rising numbers and high concentration.
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.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2015 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.
This KIDS COUNT data snapshot illustrates how outdated methods measuring poverty in the United States are giving an inaccurate picture of how families are really faring and what public programs are actually working.
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