The theme of the 2012 NYS Touchstones/KIDS COUNT Data Book is all data are local. This data book is very different from previous editions, in that it has incorporated county subdivision data within a map for every county in New York State combining data about children living in poverty along with community resources that support healthy development (e.g., locations of WIC, Early Head Start and Head Start programs, etc.). This new visualization can be used as a tool to more accurately depict our communities; educate fellow New Yorkers about the important issues that are impacting the daily lives of children; and guide our conversations and decisions around child well-being. Additional county-specific data are provided with each county map, including a pie chart with age group distributions from the 2010 U.S. Census. Individual two-page county reports are also available for download. To download individual county map pages, visit: www.ccf.ny.gov/KidsCount/KCReports.cfm#countymaps
Early learning programs play a critical role in equalizing opportunities, particularly for children in immigrant families who are often living in poverty. This research brief reviews the early learning enrollment rates among children in immigrant families, identifies differences in enrollment by mother's country of origin and examines a series of child, family, and economic factors that influence whether children are enrolled in early learning programs.
It is well-established that childhood poverty can have a long- lasting, detrimental effect on child development.This report, A Look at Child Poverty in New York State, highlights the impact of childhood poverty, presents information regarding the status of child poverty in New York by child and family characteristics and, presents findings on how child poverty rates in New York change when alternative poverty measures are employed. Additionally, results are provided on the extent anti-poverty programs and policies reduce New York’s child poverty rate when using the current federal poverty measure and an alternative measure that more accurately assesses family resources and expenses.
When children are separated from their homes, they often are also separated from other family members, their peers, teachers and others who may provide them with a sense of support and stability. This brief highlights the factors that play a role in family and youth homelessness and the type of supports that can prevent or reduce the likelihood of this experience.
Optimal child well-being is related to our ability to provide children with safe, nurturing, stable environments that support their development of sound cognitive, emotional and social skills. However, their development can be jeopardized when individuals are exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). This brief describes the types of adverse childhood events experienced by adults in New York state as well as their use of peer recovery and medical services.
It is estimated that nationally one child in 110 has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This research brief highlights factors associated with ASD, challenges with early diagnosis, and provides an overview of children in New York who are identified as having an ASD.
More than one-third of American children live part of their lives in poverty, and 10 percent are persistently poor, according to a study by the Urban Institute, with support from the Casey Foundation. The analysis of data from 1968 to 2005 showed that black children are about 2 ½ times more likely to experience poverty than white children and seven times more likely to be persistently poor, meaning they spend half their childhood below the poverty threshold.
This report provides an examination of issues related to parent incarceration from the perspective of children and young adults, caregivers, and formerly incarcerated parents. The report describes experiences at the point of arrest, the disclosure of parent’s incarceration, issues pertaining to parent-child communication during incarceration and family reunification.
This essay uses a variety of data sources and adolescent age groupings to provide readers ith a description of the current social, economic and biological challenges youth encounter as they transition to adulthood, highlighting state and national data and depict youth at-risk of being disconnected as well as approaches to successful reconnection.
Early learning professionals are key players in the success of infants and young children who are experiencing developmental challenges. With connections to parents and other primary caregivers; evaluative tools and skills; and influence on the child’s educational programming, early learning professionals are in a unique position to put solutions into place.
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Young children’s well-being can be compromised by a range of risk factors associated with children, their families, the quality of schools they attend and their communities; it is also well-established that these risks can be offset by early supports to children and families. Therefore, identifying communities where young children are disproportionately exposed to factors that can compromise their development enables us to align and mobilize resources that promote their well-being and offset factors that place them at risk. This research brief describes the method used to identify high need communities in New York state, with particular emphasis on children from birth to age 5 years.
In this KIDS COUNT youth employment policy report, the Casey Foundation finds that nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce. With employment among young people at its lowest levels since the 1950s, these youth are veering toward chronic unemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century. In addition to new national and state data on the issue, the report offers recommendations to support youth in gaining a stronger foothold in the economy.
In the latest KIDS COUNT data snapshot on youth incarceration, the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that the rate of young people locked up because of trouble with the law dropped more than 40 percent over a 15-year period, with no decrease in public safety.
Kinship care is an extremely valuable alternative to traditional foster care, offering children strong familial bonds that provide them with a sense of positive identify, belonging and security. It can also pose considerable emotional, legal and financial challenges for caregivers. This brief highlights the benefits of kinship care and provides information about kinship care options in New York, financial benefits available through each option as well as information about where children and their caregivers can access supports.
The 2011 Annual Data Book is a comprehensive resource on the status of U.S. children, featuring state-specific data on ten key indicators of child well-being. Please visit the Data Book home page to download the report and create maps, graphs, and charts at the national, state, and local level. The new mobile Data Center offers hundreds of measures of child well-being available on any smartphone: http://mobile.kidscount.org.
The 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book introduces a new KIDS COUNT index, which provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book provides state rankings for four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.
Proper nutrition, the building blocks for children’s health, cognitive development and overall growth, is essential for children’s healthy development. This brief describes the status of food insecurity in New York, provides an overview of programs intended to target this issue and presents county-level data on many of the factors that contribute to inadequate nourishment.
The vast majority of the 16 million children in America's immigrant families are U.S. citizens who were born in the United States to foreign-born parents. The well-being of children in immigrant families varies based on their parents' country of origin, education, and the circumstances of their migration to the United States. This report culminates a three-year study of the characteristics of children in immigrant families funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Current and proposed policies that require rigorous curricula, high quality instruction and a higher age for when students are able to leave school are grounded in a basic assumption that children are actually present in school and able to benefit from such policies. Yet, a look at chronic absenteeism in two of the state’s largest school districts indicates a high percentage of students are absent for a month or more of the school year. This brief examines key student outcomes and school characteristics by schools’ level of risk for chronic absenteeism. The information serves as a first step in efforts to support schools and students so that prevention strategies can be provided early on, at a point in time when they are most likely to succeed.
This report focuses on effective strategies for achieving grade level reading proficiency for all children, emphasizing the importance of having children be able to read by grade 3 so they can use this skill to learn to read.
In its first policy report of the year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the increased number of children living with extended family and close friends, a longtime practice known as kinship care. Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families includes the latest data for states, the District of Columbia, and the nation, as well as a set of recommendations on how to support kinship families.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation believes that this country’s continuing reliance on large youth corrections facilities—whether they are called training schools, reformatories, or youth development centers—has been expensive, ineffective, and all too often abusive. Youth correctional facilities are routinely found to be unsafe, unhealthy, and unconstitutional, underscoring the need for dramatic changes in how these places are staffed, programmed, and organized. Missouri’s excellent results, described in detail in this guide, speak for themselves. They produce far lower recidivism than other states, an impressive safety record, and positive youth outcomes—all at a modest budget far smaller than that of many states with less-enviable outcomes.
Each day community coalitions across the state work diligently to improve systems of care. Coalitions formed to address the needs of infants and families that were brought together through a partnership between the Council on Children and Families and the Early Care and Learning Council (formerly the New York State Child Care Coordinating Council). The materials presented here are designed to help the early childhood community coalitions interested in improving services for children and families.