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Illinois Kids Count

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private, national philanthropy that creates better futures for the nation’s children by strengthening families, building economic opportunities and transforming neighborhoods into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children and families in the United States. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks for child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children. At the national level, the principal activity of the initiative is the publication of the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, which uses the best available data to measure the educational, social, economic, and physical well-being of children state by state. The Foundation funds the national network of state-level KIDS COUNT projects, including the state-level Illinois Kids Count report, that provide a more detailed, county-by-county picture of the condition of children. For more information, visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT FAQs.

Since 1992, Voices for Illinois Children has led the Illinois Kids Count project to raise public awareness and accountability for the condition of kids and families by: (1) measuring and reporting on the well-being of children, and (2) using that information creatively to inform public debate and strengthen public action on behalf of children and families within the state. We:

  • engage in data analysis;
  • publish reports, communications materials, and time-sensitive policy alerts; and
  • lead a wide variety of public awareness initiatives to fulfill the goals of the Illinois Kids Count project.

 Illinois Kids Count activities

  • The publication of the annual Illinois Kids Count report, widely recognized as the most comprehensive examination of children’s lives in the state
  • State-wide media events in conjunction with our Voices Leadership Committees to launch the annual report
  • Our highly regarded annual symposium in Chicago featuring national, state, and local experts from a variety of disciplines informing child policy and advocacy
  • Legislator and policymaker visits and forums and electoral advocacy education and events
  • An Illinois Kids Count annual awards benefit to honor individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution toward improving the policies that impact children’s lives
  • Technical assistance to child advocates through KIDS COUNT Data Center webinars and media outreach and community engagement trainings
  • Our Illinois Kids Count “Symposia Around the State” series, community-led symposia throughout the year that tackle the challenges of local issues and articulate our shared vision for the future of Illinois children

For more information

Learn more about the Illinois Kids Count project and the importance of accurate data to impact policies affecting children and families in Illinois:

Contact the Illinois Kids Count team

Leslie Helmcamp, Policy Analyst, Fiscal Policy Center (312) 516-5579