KIDS COUNT Publications
Every Kid Needs a FamilyThis KIDS COUNT policy report highlights state data that point to the urgent need to ensure, through sound policies and proven practices, that everything possible is being done to find loving, nurturing and supported families to children in foster care. The report also highlights the promising ways that state and local government leaders as well as policymakers, judges and private providers can work together as they strive to help these 57,000 children who are living in group placements – and overall, the more than 400,000 children in the care of child welfare systems. Visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation's web siteKIDS COUNT Data Center also offers more data where you can compare Louisiana to other states, and see how conditions have changed over time.
Creating Opportunity for Family: A Two-Generation Approach
Nearly half of the nation's families with young children struggle to make ends meet. This report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation makes the case for creating opportunity for families by addressing the needs of parents and their children simultaneously. The report describes the Foundation's two-generation approach, which calls for connecting families with early childhood education, job training and other tools to achieve financial stability and break the cycle of poverty, and recommends ways to help equip families with what they need to thrive. Download the full report to learn more and see how Louisiana compares to other states.
Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book
Louisiana Ranked 47th in Overall Child Well-Being
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 25th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book ranked Louisiana 47th among 50 states in overall child well-being. The 2014 Data Book provides a comprehensive look at child well-being in each state. In addition to providing an overall ranking for every state, the revised Data Book also ranks states on four domains of child well-being, including Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. Louisiana achieved its highest ranking (42nd) in the Health domain, but ranked among the bottom eight states in the Economic Well-Being, Education, and Family and Community domains. The Data Book ranks states based on 16 key indicators of child well-being. Louisiana improved on 11 indicators, including every measure of education and health. Conditions worsened on three other indicators-children whose parents lack secure parental employment, children living with a high housing cost burden and children living in single-parent families. Conditions remained unchanged on two other indicators-child poverty and teens not in school and not working.
Race for Results: KIDS COUNT Policy Report Shows Race Matters for Kids
In this policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the intersection of kids, race and opportunity. The report features the new Race for Results index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level. The index is based on 12 indicators that measure a child’s success in each stage of life, from birth to adulthood, in the areas of early childhood; education and early work; family supports; and neighborhood context. The report also makes four policy recommendations to help ensure that all children and their families achieve their full potential. Visit the ANnie E. Casey Foundation's web site to download a copy of the report and learn more.
Early Reading Proficiency: KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot Finds that 77% of LA Fourth Graders Are Not on the Path to Success
Children who are proficient readers by the end of third grade are more likely to graduate from high school and to be economically successful in adulthood. This KIDS COUNT data snapshot finds 85 percent of Louisiana fourth-graders from low-income families and 77 percent of all Louisiana fourth-graders are not reading at grade level. While improvements have been made in the past decade, reading proficiency levels remain low. Given the critical nature of reading to children’s individual achievement and the nation’s future economic success, the Casey Foundation offers recommendations for communities and policymakers to support early reading. Early reading proficiency rates for the nation and each state are provided. Visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation's web site to learn more and see how Louisiana compares to other states on this important measure of child well-being.
The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success
This KIDS COUNT policy report details how a child’s early development from birth through age 8 is essential to making an effective transition into elementary school and for long-term academic achievement. To prepare all of America’s children to succeed, this document sets forth broad policy recommendations. This policy report also features data on early childhood development for every state, the District of Columbia and the nation. Visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation's web site to read the report.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's latest KIDS COUNT data snapshot finds that the rate of young people locked up because of trouble with the law dropped more than 40 percent over a 15-year period, with no decrease in public safety. Louisiana's youth incarceration rate declined by 56% between 1997 and 2010-—only Tennessee, Connecticut and Arizona experienced larger declines in this time period. The snapshot indicates that the number of young people in correctional facilities on a single day fell to 70,792 in 2010, from a high of 107,637 in 1995. The publication also recommends ways to continue reducing reliance on incarceration and improve the odds for young people involved in the justice system. Visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation's web site to read the report.
Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Policy Report on Youth and Work
22% of Young People in Louisiana Not in School, Not Working
In this KIDS COUNT policy report, the Casey Foundation finds that ne
arly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce. With employment among young people at its lowest levels since the 1950s, these youth are veering toward chronic unemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century. In addition to new national and state data on the issue, the report offers recommendations to support youth in gaining a stronger foothold in the economy. In Louisiana, 22% of young people ages 16-24 are neither in school nor working--a higher proportion than any other state except for West Virginia.
2011-2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book on Louisiana's Children
Data Book offers parish-by-parish portrait of child well-being
The 2011-2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book on Louisiana’s Children features parish-level data on a wide range of measures of child well-being, including indicators related to demographics, education, health, family economics, child welfare and juvenile justice. The Data Book, which was produced by Agenda for Children with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is intended to help policymakers and local communities become better informed about children in their community. Each parish profile allows readers to easily compare their parish's data to that of other parishes, as well as identify trends over time.
The report finds that most parishes have experienced improvements in teen birth rates, adequate prenatal care and fourth grade reading proficiency since the beginning of the decade. However, Louisiana's children continue to be challenged by high rates of child poverty and poor birth outcomes. Download the report by clicking on the image at the right or clicking here.
Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Report on Kinship Families
65,000 Louisiana Children are Being Raised by Relatives
In its first policy report of 2012, the Casey 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. It finds that Louisiana children are especially likely to be raised by relatives, with 6% of children in kinship care, compared to 4% of children nationally.
This information also is available in the KIDS COUNT Data Center, a source for information on hundreds of indicators of child well-being.
Annie E. Casey Foundation's Data Snapshot on Children in High-Poverty Communities
In its first data snapshot of 2012, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT explores the increased number of children living in America's high-poverty communities. The new snapshot includes the latest concentrated-poverty data for states and for the 50 largest cities, as does the KIDS COUNT Data Center, a source for the most recent national, state and local data on hundreds of indicators of child well-being. The snapshot found that 193,000 Louisiana children lived in high-poverty neighborhoods during the 2006-2010 time period, 71,000 fewer than in 2000. Read the report at the Annie E. Casey Foundation web site.