Kids Count Info-graphics

In 2013, KIDS COUNT launched a new effort to share important data and inspire policy action for West Virginia’s kids using “info-graphics.”  Info-graphics are simply graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge that present complex information quickly and clearly. Below, are brief descriptions of each KIDS COUNT info-graphic along with links to the full PDFs.

Here’s how you can use the KIDS COUNT info-graphics in your community…

  • Incorporate the infographic’s data or policy recommendations into your own outreach and advocacy efforts.
  • Use our press release as a starting point for your own.
  • Print and distribute your own copies of the PDF.
  • Create a hotlink from your website to this page.
  • Invite KIDS COUNT to speak to your group about the data and the solutions.
One in three West Virginia children (32%) under age six lives in a family with an income below the federal poverty level.

That means 38,000 of the state’s youngest kids are at risk of starting school significantly behind their wealthier classmates and never catching up to them academically.

In our March 2014 info-graphic, Closing the Achievement Gap, KIDS COUNT details how income affects achievement, and what can be done to give every West Virginia child a fair shot at success.

Download a PDF of Closing the Achievement Gap

More than 1 in 4 West Virginia women smokes while pregnant, which is the highest pregnancy smoking rate in the nation and more than 3 times the national average.

In this child well-being info-graphic, released in September of 2014, KIDS COUNT examines the ways in which West Virginia’s perennial highest-in-the-nation pregnancy smoking rate is putting the state’s babies in danger.

The report also outlines steps policymakers can take to protect babies, including more funding for successful smoking prevention efforts aimed at teens and an increase in the state’s tobacco tax.

Download a PDF of Born Smoking

The 2013 Data Book features a pull-out “info-graphic” called “The Big Payoff:  Why We Should Be (But Aren’t) Investing the Most in WV’s Youngest Kids.” The info-graphic outlines, for first time, the dire shortage of high-quality childcare programs for the state’s youngest children.

The info-graphic also features a chart from Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman, who has proven that investments in our youngest children have the highest returns of any age group.   According to KIDS COUNT, fewer than 1,700 children under six who need childcare are in care that meets the highest quality standard:  nationalstate should be investing more in its youngest children. national data for why the accreditation. Furthermore, the state ranks 45th out of the 50 states in the number of three- and four-year olds enrolled in pre-school, and only one in five West Virginia three-year-olds is enrolled in a pre-school program.  The shortage of high-quality childcare programs and low pre-school participation rates stand in sharp contrast to the findings of a 2005 Marshall University study showing the state could earn a $5.20 return for every dollar it invests in high-quality early child development programs.

Download a PDF of The Big Payoff 

Are West Virginia’s fourth graders “reading to learn”? That’s the question West Virginia KIDS COUNT poses in our latest info-graphic released, and, the answer, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), is a very clear, “No.”  More than seven in ten (73%) West Virginia students are not reading proficiently at the end of third grade, which is five percentage points worse than the national average (68%). Research shows that three out of four of those students will remain poor readers throughout high school, and one in six will not graduate.

Download a PDF of 4th Grade Reading Proficiency

Our inaugural infographic was published in conjunction with our 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book and focused on West Virginia’s teen pregnancy rates.  The poster-sized graphic uses a county-by-county bar graph and color-coded state map to demonstrate how the increase in teen births is particularly acute in eight southern and central West Virginia counties. McDowell County’s rate is by far the highest at 95.76 per thousand teens. That rate is nearly seven times higher than Monongalia County, which boasts the state’s lowest teen birth rate, and more than twice the state average of 45 per thousand in 2010. KIDS COUNT’s West Virginia teen pregnancy info-graphic is available as a pull-out poster in the 2012 Data Book.

Download a PDF of Teen Pregnancy in WV

West Virginia KIDS COUNT has taken a good look at the numbers, and the picture is very clear: Race has a strong, negative impact on the well-being of West Virginia’s African-American families and kids. KIDS COUNT examined eight key measures of family economic status, child health and educational achievement and found that, in every instance, African-American families and kids are fairing even more poorly than their white counterparts, often by very significant margins. For instance, nearly six in ten (57%) African-American kids under five live in poverty; while one in four (27%) white children under five is poor.

Download the PDF of Real Talk on Race.