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Measures of Child Well-Being, 2015

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Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success, 2015

Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach, 2014

Early Reading Proficiency in the United States, 2014

The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success, 2013


Utah Data Briefs
& Other Utah Data Products

A Two-Generation Strategy: Healthy Parents and Healthy Kids, 2014

Attendance and the Early Grades: A Two-Generation Issue, 2014

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A Two-Generation Approach to Ending Poverty in Utah, 2014

Kids Count in Utah Poster, 2013

Utah Specific Data from the Recent National KIDS COUNT Project's Data Snapshot on High-Poverty Communities, 2012

Utah's Poverty Data at a Glance, 2009

Risk Factors Among Children in Utah, 2009

Teen Pregnancy Issue Brief, 2008

Basic Family Budgets: How Much Does It Take To Get By, 2007

Then and Now: Ten Years of Child Well-Being in Utah, 2005




Utah Ranks 9 for Child Well-being
Utah kids compare favorably in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book Children in Utah lag behind national averages in preschool attendance and graduating high school on time  Salt Lake City, UT – The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book and Utah ranks in the top ten for the first time in several years. “2011 was the last time we were in the top ten so a ranking of nine is good news for Utah,” says Terry Haven, deputy director for Voices for Utah Children. The rankings are based on 16 child well-being indicators in four...
Safety Laws Save Lives: Utah Kids are Safer on the Road than Ever Before
I was terrified when I received my first Utah driver’s license at age 16. That was before Utah’s first graduated driver licensing law went into effect in 1999, so I had very little practice before I was expected to drive on my own.  I didn’t have enough experience to be safe and confident on the road. Today’s Utah teenagers enjoy a smoother transition into driving, thanks to the Graduated Driver License (GDL) program, which provides 16 and 17 year-old drivers with learner permits for six months of supervised practice prior to beginning to drive alone. Reference A Looking back at statistics...
Utah Child Population Experiences Rapid Growth
New KIDS COUNT® data released Salt Lake City—A new edition of Measures of Child Well-Being in Utah by Voices for Utah Children reports that the Utah child population has increased by 24% since 2000, from about 724,000 children in 2000 to almost 900,000 in 2013. Public and charter school enrollment has increased accordingly, from 475,000 students in 2000 to 622,000 in 2014. More than 630,000 Utah children will enroll in 2015.  “With the Utah child population growing this rapidly, there is no time to waste. Policymakers need to act now to ensure that adequate resources are devoted to children’s health, education and...
Too many children in child welfare are not living in families
Salt Lake City – About 56,000 children under the care of our nation’s child welfare systems are not placed in families, including about 400 Utah children. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT® policy report, Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success discusses how policymakers, judges and private providers can find and support families to help raise more of these children.  Family placements are superior to group placement because: Research shows that group placements are harmful to a child’s opportunities to develop strong, nurturing attachments. Young people who do not grow up...
142,000 Utah Kids Five and Under Are Low-Income, at Risk for Impoverished Adulthoods
New National Report Reinforces Recommendations of Utah Commission Addressing Intergenerational Poverty Salt Lake City – In Utah, 142,000 children ages five and under are low-income, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF): Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach. The KIDS COUNT® report states that “a child raised in poverty is more likely to become an adult living in poverty—less likely to graduate from high school or remain consistently employed. Forty-two percent of children born to parents at the bottom of the income ladder stay there.” Utah lawmakers initiated a local effort to address intergenerational poverty...
Attendance and the Early Grades: A Two-Generation Issue
Chronic Absence is a Two-Generation Problem Policies that help parents keep kids in school, such as family leave polices and effective transportation systems; coupled with programs that help the child, such as attention to bullying; and improved policies at the school level, such as collecting the right data and working with families to identify barriers to school attendance will ensure that every child succeeds. "The reality is an absence is an absence, excused or not,and that child is not in that classroom benefiting from the instruction on that day. We have to work in our community, with our schools and our families to build a culture of attendance." Ralph Smith, Executive...

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