Programs

While the guiding mission of the West Virginia KIDS COUNT Fund has remained the same since our inception in 1990 — to provide the most trusted data about the well-being of West Virginia’s children and build alliances to advocate for what kids need — the organization’s work is constantly evolving in response to changing community needs and emerging children’s policy issues. The KIDS COUNT Data Book is our signature program and an objective, reliable and valued source of data for educating policymakers and the public about children’s needs.  Currently, we are fighting to improve the quality of childcare by advocating for the funding necessary to implement a quality rating and improvement system for childcare programs.  And, we are working to improve children’s oral health by advocating for policies that promote good dental care for our youngest children.

The KIDS COUNT Data Book

The first KIDS COUNT Data Book was published in 1992 and quickly became the most respected source of data and analysis about the plight of West Virginia’s children. KIDS COUNT Fund has continued to publish the yearly report, tracking key indicators of the health, education, safety and security, and economic conditions of children both on a statewide and county-by-county basis. TheData Book is often the basis of public policy decisions and is also an important resource for those who seek and award funding from foundations and the private sector.

Race2Great

Since 1990, WV KIDS COUNT’s vision has been to Make West Virginia a Great Place to Be a Kid. Despite our progress, we are a perennial bottom-15 finisher in the national KIDS COUNT child well-being rankings. But KIDS COUNT is determined to achieve our vision and will take the lead in a bold “Race” to move West Virginia from 43rd in the nation to one of the Top 20 best places to be a kid by 2025.

West Virginia KIDS COUNT Data Book
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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.

Info-graphics