Providing tools to assess the needs of Florida's children and their families.

Providing tools to assess the needs of Florida's children and their families.

Counting For Kids Blog

Welcome to the Florida KIDS COUNT Counting for Kids blog.

Reflections on Our 2017 Accomplishments

Hello KIDS COUNT Supporters!

With your help and support, we have had a very busy year!  It’s the time of year when we reflect on our year’s work.

We have been very busily spreading the word about KIDS COUNT and how data can be used to inform policy on child well-being.  It’s been great being out and about, seeing old friends and making new ones. We’ve presented or been exhibitors at 18 events across the state at events that included educating women legislators on policies that support children and their families, the state’s Faith – Based Advisory Council, the Task Force on the Involuntary Examination of Minors and the Hunger Summit in Sarasota. 

In addition to our products, we also continue to get the word out through our social media campaign and we had an unprecedented media coverage this year in print and on the radio.  We hosted our first ever live webinar for the media. Visit our Youtube channel to check it out, and also be sure to like and follow us on social media!

One of our major accomplishments for this year was the inaugural County Child-Well Being Index. Modelled on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Child Well Being Index, Florida’s counties can now get a quick snapshot of the areas in which they are doing well and those which need attention.  We also published a legislative profile for all of Florida’s House and Senate districts for folks heading to see their legislators.  (We’ve updated this for the session beginning in January, so get your copies now for the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate). 

We also have convened an Advisory Council. This group has been invaluable in identifying our areas of focus for 2018 and we have begun a strategic planning process.  In the coming year we will be focusing on affordable housing, early childhood, criminal justice and immigration.

Looking ahead to 2018 we will continue pushing hard to make sure that our policy makers are making informed decisions about Florida’s children and families and that we keep a focus on continuing gains in getting children access to healthcare; preventing child abuse, juvenile justice and substance use; and, that Florida’s parents have the education and work opportunities to support their families.

We hope that you will join us in this and help share the word.  Wishing you all the best for 2018.

 

Norín Dollard

Director, Florida KIDS COUNT

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