New KIDS COUNT Policy Report Released:
The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's latest KIDS COUNT policy report presents a strong case for investing in the early years of a child's life. Decades of brain and child development research show that kids who enter kindergarten with below-average language and cognitive skills can catch up - but only if they are physically healthy and have strong social and emotional skills. Read complete press release from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The Frist Eight YearsPolicy Recommendations

The report sets forth three broad policy recommendations that states can implement to prepare all of America's children for success:

  • Support parents so they can effectively care and provide for their children.
  • Increase access to high-quality birth-through-age-eight programs, beginning with investments that target low-income children.
  • Develop comprehensive, integrated programs and data systems to address all aspects of children's development and support their transition to elementary school and related programs for school-age children.

KIDS COUNT Resources

  • KIDS COUNT Data Center: The Data Center is a one-stop source for child well-being data and includes national, state, county, city and congressional and school district level information, as well as data on racial and ethnic groups, including children in immigrant families.

CFS Department Efforts

The Department of Child & Family Studies - home to Florida KIDS COUNT - is involved in a number programs aimed at helping parents create experiences for their children that lay the foundation for success in school and later life:



Program Spotlight

Early Childhood Council Hillsborough County

Florida KIDS COUNT is shining the light on the Early Childhood Council of Hillsborough County, Inc. as a standout program having significant impacts on young children and families.

"We have to invest early and often in early care and education, in developmental screenings and in other school readiness initiatives if we are going to help children realize their full potential."

Stephen Martaus, Executive Director - Early Childhood Council of Hillsborough County, Inc.

View Narrated Presentation by Stephen Martaus that profiles their excellent programs.