The KIDS COUNT Data Center from the Annie E. Casey Foundation has useful data on Texas children and their families, and the Data Center recently rolled out a new feature. Users can now explore results divided by three significant characteristics: age, family nativity (i.e. immigrant or U.S.-born families), and race and ethnicity. The new categories provide additional insight into understanding our demographic diversity in a changing society, as well as the potential public policy implications.
The Data Center is a powerful tool for understanding child and family well-being in Texas, and provides policymakers and advocates with the data they need to make smart decisions about how to ensure the future prosperity of all Texans. For example, users can find data about child population by single age, children living in crowded households by family nativity, fourth-graders who are chronically absent from school by race and ethnicity, and children in foster care with two or more placements by race and ethnicity.
With a variety of indicators on demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behaviors, the Data Center can help users grasp both where public policy falls short in meeting the needs of specific populations, and identify the best ways to raise the bar and close the gaps, leading to better outcomes for kids and families.
To discover more data, visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
Jennifer Lee, CPPP Research Associate, and Bo La Sohn, CPPP Research and Planning Intern, contributed to this post.