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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The 2016 Data Book just came out and, sadly, our great state is still not faring so well in the rankings. Florida KIDS COUNT has been sharing the new data on our blog and website, through Twitter and Facebook, and through a bunch of interviews that appeared in print, the web and the radio all over the state. The data reinforces what everyone knows – where we need to focus to improve things for our most vulnerable citizens. But instead of lamenting our ranking of 40th for too long, we decided to ask ‘What Would It Take Florida?’ to see what it would take to attain the number #1 ranking in the nation. We decided to turn our bad news into something actionable, and we do so with a special shout out to our colleagues in Alabama and Delaware who thought up this great idea.
If you’ve been following our blog, you know that over the past several months we have been looking at each domain of the KIDS COUNT Florida data profile and each of the indicators that comprise the domain in greater detail. We will look at each indicator nationally, statewide, and then, for each domain and indicator, we ask what would it take for Florida to be the best state in the nation for children and families? This month, as a part of our "What Would it Take Florida" #WWITFL campaign, we now turn our attention to family and community indicators.
For family and community, Florida was ranked #35 in the number of children living in single parent households, children living in families where the head of household lacked a high school diploma, children living in high poverty areas and in the number of teen births per 1,000. Frankly the picture is a mixed bag. Since 2008, we have improved in the education level of the household and in the number of teens giving birth. (Hooray!) However, we have more children living in single parent households (40%) and sadly, whereas we had 8% of children living in areas of high poverty in 2008, we now have 15% of Florida’s children living in such areas. That’s more than a half a million of our kids. But its not a lost cause. We can do something.
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.
According to the KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie. E. Casey Foundation, Florida has slipped 3 places in overall child well-being, down to 40th place from 37th last year. The 2016 edition focuses on key trends in child well-being in the post-recession years and measures child well-being in four domains: economic wellbeing, education, health, and family and community.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 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.
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