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state priorities partnershipThe State Priorities Partnership (SPP) brings together nonpartisan, independent, nonprofit organizations in 40 states. These organizations have diverse backgrounds and missions, but they share a commitment to rigorous policy analysis, responsible budget and tax policies, a particular focus on the needs of low- and moderate-income families. Financial support for SPP organizations comes principally from local and regional foundations, from individual donors, and from several national foundations.

finishlineIn 2007, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Board of Trustees approved a significant new, multi-year grant making strategy in its work toward the goal of ensuring that all of America's children have health insurance. The Finish Line project supports state-based groups working to expand children's health insurance coverage through investments in advocacy, policy analysis, communications, technical assistance, cross-program learning, and training.

kidscountKIDS COUNT is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. and Voices for Utah Children that provides statistical data on the education, health and economic well-being of children and their families. Utilizing KIDS COUNT data allows policymakers and community leaders to make data-driven decisions that will provide a better future for our state's youngest citizens.

Measures of Child Well-Being

For 15 years it has been the priority of the Utah KIDS COUNT Project to ensure that policymakers, advocates, community service providers, the media, and concerned citizens have quality data on how children are doing in our state. These yearly publications provide county level data on a variety of child well-being indicators.

Visit KIDS COUNT County Data Sheets »


Ascend is a policy program of the Aspen Institute ( and the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move vulnerable children and their parents toward educational success and economic security. We take a two-generation approach to our work — focusing on both children and their parents together — and bring a gender and racial equity lens to our analysis.

The two-generation strategy
Low-income families in Utah are facing increasingly hard times. The overall poverty rate is 13.2 percent. The poverty rate for children has grown steadily, from 11 percent in 2007 to 16 percent in 2011. The research is clear that poverty is the single greatest threat to children’s well-being. Children raised in poverty are much more likely to be poor as adults. While even a few years in poverty can have a significant impact on children’s future well-being, the risks are particularly severe for those who experience multiple years and will often pass on to their own children poverty conditions with all the attending consequences. We believe that the most effective way to put children on a path to productive, successful adulthood is through two-generation strategies – strategies that both help parents move their families ahead economically and improve young children’s health, development and educational success. Two-generation strategies are vital to reducing socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities that affect children’s life chances.


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The Utah New Parents Challenge is a crowdsourced contest encouraging new parents to describe the type of help they would want to receive from a baby expert.

Through online submissions of photos stories from parents and expecting parents from all over Utah will be shared on an online platform to be viewed, commented and voted on by their fellow Utah parents and residents. 

Winners with the most votes from Utahns will receive a free night of babysitting, dinner and a movie out - sans kids! with their husband, wife, partner, or friends. 

To view the submissions and vote for your favorite, visit

Excellent Deseret News coverage of the Utah New Parents Challenge and Utah's home visiting programs

Learn more about the Utah New Parents Challenge and Utah home visiting 

Contact lawmakers about your support for evidence-based home visiting

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The Sponsors of the Utah New Parents Challenge

The Annie E. Casey Foundation 

aecf-logo-15The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private national philanthropy that creates better futures for the nation’s children by strengthening families, building economic opportunities and transforming neighborhoods into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. It was established in 1948 by Jim Casey, one of the founders of UPS, and his siblings, who named the Foundation in honor of their mother.

The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.

In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs.

KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States.

Through data and advocacy KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.

At the national level, the initiative develops and distributes reports on key areas of well-being, including the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book and maintains the KIDS COUNT Data Center. In addition, the Foundation funds a network of state- level KIDS COUNT projects that collect data on and advocate for the well-being of children at the state and local level.


SparkAction is a collaborative journalism and advocacy website that mobilizes action by and for children and youth. Its stories and action tools help concerned young people and adults get informed and get involved across the full range of issues affecting children, youth and families.

Social Media Samples

We've made it easy for you to get the word out about the New Parents Challenge to all the people in your networks. Below, you'll find material to post on your blog and social networks. Questions? Contact Jazmine Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (202) 207-3727.

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The Utah New Parents Challenge is a crowdsourcing competition encouraging new parents (or their friends and relatives) to describe the type of help they’d want to receive from a baby expert and enter to win great prizes, including a babysitter, dinner and a movie with their spouse, partner or friend. Voting opens February 19. Go to to pick your favorite!


(tags: @utchildren @sparkaction #4UTparents)

So many great entries, how to pick a winner? Oh right, we ask YOU! Voting starts February 19. #4UTparents

Have you seen the amazing entries in the #4UTparents challenge? Vote for your favorite now!

You entered! Now tweet 2 win! Rally your friends & family 2 vote 4 your entry in the

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You made supporting #4UTparents matter – now get the votes you need to win! Voting starts February 19.

We need your vote - pick your favorite #4UTparents entry and then tweet us. Voting is open now!


Wow! The response to the Utah New Parents Challenge has been amazing. Now we need YOUR help to decide who will win. Go to to check out all the entries and don't forget to tweet your favorites!

You guys rock! Kudos to everyone who entered the Utah New Parents Challenge. If you haven't seen them, yet, go to to see why Nurse Home Visiting programs are needed to help promote healthy child development.

.@VoicesforUtahChildren wants to see new parents and kids thrive! Check out the entries in the Utah New Parents Challenge and vote for your favorite.

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News Release:

 Read our News Release here:

Voices for Utah Children Launches a Crowdsourced Contest: The Utah New Parents Challenge 


April Young Bennett, Utah Voices for Children: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 801-364-1182 (Mountain time)

Thaddeus Ferber, co-founder & director, SparkAction: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 202-207-3342 (east coast)

Jazmine Johnson, outreach & engagement manager, SparkAction, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 202-207-3727 (east coast)

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