KIDS COUNT in Delaware
KIDS COUNT in Delaware exists to answer questions that aren't being asked but should be, to catch red flags in data, and to shed light on the most pressing issues affecting children in Delaware. We have been monitoring the well-being of our state's children for well over two decades. In recent years, we've reported on a growing proportion of our children who experience poverty in their formative years, on quality early childhood programs and their positive effects on school readiness for our most at-risk preschoolers, and on disparities in outcomes by race, ethnicity, and income levels. The numbers tell the story of Delaware's successes—and failures.
But data alone are not enough. Data reveal disparity and need, but more importantly, data drives and supports advocacy to improve conditions for our children. Data-driven advocacy is the belief and motivating force behind KIDS COUNT in Delaware.
In July, policymakers eliminated KIDS COUNT in Delaware funding from the state budget. This elimination represents one-third of our program's total annual operating budget. Policymakers also cut 20% of funding from the Grant-in-Aid program, funding that reaches every Delawarean in some way or another. Additional cuts were made to our public education system, kids departments, and public health services.
These cuts have real implications. Make a gift today to support our work.
While parents, families, and communities play key roles in nurturing our own children, state and federal policymakers enact the laws and allocate the resources that shape the environment in which our kids live, learn, play and grow.
Disinvestments in our children's future—fewer developmental screenings, reduced child abuse prevention programming, decreased services for at-risk youth (to name just a few of the many programs that have also lost funding)—will have profound effects on our state, our families, our kids and undoubtedly, on our future. But how?
What will be the impact of budget reductions on Delaware's infant mortality rates, which are consistently among the worst in the nation? How will cuts impact an increasing number of our state's youngest who are living in poverty? What will be the impact on school achievement? How will racial and economic disparities be impacted? For some questions, we can only speculate. But credible data can help us find many answers we seek.
And credible data comes from KIDS COUNT in Delaware.
Now, more than ever, our work is vital. And you can make a difference.