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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...
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...
How can we make Utah the best state in the nation to be a kid?
The 2014 KIDS COUNT rankings of child well-being are out. Utah is currently ranked #11. Reference A Eleven is a reasonably good ranking. We didn’t make the top ten but we are doing better than lots of other states. It is nice to see that we are finally moving upward in the rankings after dropping for five consecutive years between 2009 and 2013. Reference B But is “reasonably good” the best we can offer Utah children?  Shouldn’t we make Utah the best place in the nation to be a kid?  Why isn’t Utah number one for child well-being? What would it...
Utah Ranks 11 for Child Well-being
Kids Today Are Less Likely to Die or Give Birth than Kids 25 Years Ago but Poverty is on the Rise, Says 25th Edition of KIDS COUNT Data Book Salt Lake City, UT –The Annie E. Casey Foundation has completed twenty-five consecutive years of tracking children’s well-being across four domains: economics, education, health, and family and community. Voices for Utah Children is proud to have partnered with the foundation and has been the KIDS COUNT grantee in Utah for almost 20 years. The 25th edition of the foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book shows that Utah children are less likely to give birth during their teen...

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