MassBudget is home to KIDS COUNT in Massachusetts, a national and state-by-state effort funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track and improve the well-being of children across the United States.
MassBudget's new report From Poverty to Opportunity: The Challenge of Building a Great Society traces the economic and policy changes since the launch of the Great Society and how they have affected the lives of people at all income levels in Massachusetts.
When we don’t give children the best opportunity for healthy growth and development, we put their future – and our future as a Commonwealth – at risk. Fortunately, we know that children are most likely to thrive if they live in stable and loving homes; and that their outcomes will be even better if these homes are familiar to them. Research has shown that placing children with “kin” – other family members or close friends – is often better than putting them in a stranger’s foster home or a group home.
Over the past decade, the number of teenagers involved with the juvenile justice system has declined significantly. Among other things, this has meant fewer arrests, fewer arraignments in juvenile court, and fewer kids detained by the Department of Youth Services (DYS) in a juvenile facility. At the same time, funding for DYS has remained roughly level, allowing DYS to provide better services to kids in detention and to provide an increasing array of alternatives to secure detention--which has the long-term effect of further reducing juvenile arrests, detentions and convictions.
One of the most important things we do through our government is help children grow and thrive. MassBudget's Children's Budget provides information and analysis of the many programs in the Massachusetts state budget which affect children.
The heart of KIDS COUNT is the KIDS COUNT Data Center, which gives you access to the latest data on child well-being across Massachusetts and all fifty states.
The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book 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 ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.
The Race for Results Index presents a new collection of data disaggregated by racial and ethnic groups and by state to illustrate how far we are from positioning all kids for success in school and in life.
All Reports About Kids
November 6, 2014 | PDF | KIDS COUNT
September 19, 2013 | READ ONLINE | KIDS COUNT
June 24, 2013 | PDF | KIDS COUNT
December 3, 2012 | READ ONLINE | Kids Count
October 18, 2012 | READ ONLINE
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