Although the methodology changed this year - basing the ranking on 16 indicators divided into four domains: education, economics, health and family and community, Tennessee is pleased at its highest ranking ever - 36th - in the 23-year history of the report.
Tennessees ranking was lifted by its good showing on the health domain, where it ranked 16th. The states scores on the other domains clustered at 38th on economic well-being, 39th for family and community well-being, and 42nd on the education domain. Click here for KIDS COUNT Director Pam Browns quote.
TCCY has released its newest edition of KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee. This edition forcuses on the work of TCCY's Resource Mapping Project and reports on how the state spends its money serving its children. TCCY thanks the state departments and agencies serving children for their assistance in supplying information to the Resource Mapping Project, which was used in this book.
KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee is an annual data book that tracks the status of children by analyzing state level statistical indicators of child well-being using social, educational, economic and health data.
The Tennessee KIDS COUNT Project is part of a national network of state KIDS COUNT projects that provide detailed county-by-county data on the condition of children. Funded in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Tennessee KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee provides the best available data on over 46 indicators of well-being.
Tennessee's program also cooperates with other state departments, universities and other organizations to collect information used in the book.
At the national level, KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey foundation, is a state-by-state effort to track the status of children across the states. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.
TCCY is pleased to join the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a 2012 KIDS COUNT outreach partner. In its first policy report of the year, the 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. This information also is available in the KIDS COUNT Data Center, a source for information on hundreds of indicators of child well-being.
KIDS COUNT Data Center. A searchable database of information on the well-being of children is available on the Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT website at http://datacenter.kidscount.org/. Users may generate their own reports from this data.