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.

  • About Florida KIDS COUNT

    The 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 Report

    According 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 Services

    Florida 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 Publications

    Florida 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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Florida Ranks 40th in 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Each year around this time, the Annie E. Casey Foundation releases its KIDS COUNT Data Book 2016 – State Trends in Child Well-being. This year marks the 27th time that the Foundation has produced state profiles that allow users to directly compare all of the states on sixteen indicators of child well-being and one overall ranking of child well-being. Data is also available for Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, but they are not directly compared to the states.

So how do these state profiles work exactly? Leaving the mathematical details to your reading pleasure (download the report here), the Overall State Ranking is derived from sixteen indicators. The 16 indicators are organized into the following four categories: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health and Family and Community Indicators.

This year, Florida ranked 40th overall out of the 50 states. This means we have some work to do to change policies that improve the well-being of our children and families! Beginning in July, we will spend a few months looking at Florida’s rankings on each domain as well as individual indicators. More importantly, we will ask, "What would it take to make Florida #1 nationwide?", for example, how many children would need to be lifted out of poverty for us to rank first? We will also look at the kinds of programs and policies that would need to be adopted or expanded to make this so.

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It's Your Choice Florida!

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.


Race & Ethnicity in Florida 2014

Population data for Florida including total population, under age 18, and projections to year 2035.


Florida Household Income 2014

A snapshot of Florida earnings including all households, median and range incomes with a focus on family households.



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2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book

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.


2015 KIDS COUNTÆ Data Book

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.


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

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.


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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, Inc

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