Common Good Iowa is our state's grantee for the KIDS COUNT® initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. KIDS COUNT provides legislators, public officials and child advocates with reliable data, policy recommendations and tools to advance policies that benefit children.
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Data highlight: Iowa's ranking drops in the 2020 national KIDS COUNT® Data Book
Each year, the Casey Foundation produces a comprehensive report — the KIDS COUNT® Data Book — that assesses child well-being in the United States. Iowa ranks 10th in the 2020 national KIDS COUNT® Data Book. The 31st edition of the annual child well-being report compares and ranks the 50 states on 16 child and family well-being indicators in four separate domains.
Rankings reflect data collected before the Covid-19 pandemic, meaning the results for Iowa — and the country — have most likely worsened considering current economic and health crises. This is concerning for Iowa as our state’s rankings among the four broad categories of child and family well-being (economic well-being, education, health, and family and community) have dropped compared to last year’s metrics, despite reflecting a period of economic growth. And even though child poverty has been on the decline in Iowa since 2010, more than 97,000 kids — 14 percent of all children in Iowa — still live in poverty.
The 2020 national KIDS COUNT® Data Book is nothing short of a call for our local, state and federal policymakers to act and to act boldly — children and families, now more than ever, are counting on us to build a brighter future for all.