Florida KIDS COUNT

Announcing New Leadership

It is with excitement and sadness that I am announcing my departure as the Director of Florida KIDS COUNT and retirement from the University of South Florida at the end of April. While I look forward to exploring new and captivating challenges, I will miss the daily reminders of this phenomenal network of expertise.

The privilege to serve communities throughout Florida and touch the lives of children and families across our nation has been wonderfully unparalleled. Throughout years of many successes and challenges, we have all learned so much and yet the quest for improved quality of life persists.

I extend a special thank you to all my amazing friends and colleagues across the nation and state for all that we have shared and accomplished together. Your energy and enthusiasm is to be celebrated!

Please assist me in welcoming the incoming Co-Directors for KIDS COUNT in Florida.

With gratitude,

Susan Weitzel

 

Florida KIDS COUNT TeamGreetings!

Hello and welcome to Florida KIDS COUNT! We would like to introduce ourselves, Patty Sharrock and Norín Dollard, as the new FKC Co-Directors beginning May 1, 2015. We are so pleased and excited to be leading this important initiative.  Along with Cindy McCann, FKC Coordinator since 2000, the Florida KIDS COUNT team is eager to continue current partnerships and cultivate new ones in a collaborative effort to increase the awareness about children’s well-being in our communities and statewide. (photo above, left to right: Norín Dollard, Patty Sharrock, and Cindy McCann).

We look forward to working with you!

Patty, Norín and Cindy

National KIDS COUNT
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Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States

This KIDS COUNT data snapshot illustrates how outdated methods measuring poverty in the United States are giving an inaccurate picture of how families are really faring and what public programs are actually working. The brief introduces the more accurate Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) and shows how government programs affect state poverty rates. Recommendations on targeting families in need give policymakers input on implementing efficient and cost-effective public programs. 

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Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach: A new KIDS COUNT® policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation outlines how the public, nonprofit and private sectors can work together to reduce poverty. This is a critical concern for our state, with more than half of Florida's 1,168,615 families that include children eight or younger living in low-income households. The two-generation approach seeks to equip families with the tools and skills they need to get on a path to opportunity and overcome obstacles they face - job training and caregiving skills for parents and high quality early education for children.

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Florida Minimum Wage and the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines
The Half in Ten Campaign is a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Coalition on Human Needs, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. It is dedicated to building the political and public will to cut the U.S. poverty rate in half in 10 years.
United Way's study of financial hardship, ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) is a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Coalition on Human Needs, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. It is dedicated to building the political and public will to cut the U.S. poverty rate in half in 10 years.

Providing tools to assess the needs of Florida's children and their families

 


Florida KIDS COUNT in the News

 


Rays of Light

Florida Kids Count shines the light on successful programs throughout our state supporting:

 


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Help KIDS

Learn about child advocacy efforts in Florida.



Read about Florida KIDS COUNT efforts in the 2013 Impact report from the Department of Child & Family Studies.