On January 25th, 2019, CAHS released our 2018 Connecticut KIDS COUNT Data Book, Taking Stock: Considering the Future of Child Well-Being and Family Opportunity in Connecticut. While Connecticut continues to show strong overall progress in statewide measures of child well-being and family prosperity, findings from the 2018 Kids Count Data Book reveal that disparities by race, place, and income continue to leave many of the state’s youngest residents behind.
Each year CAHS releases a state-based Kids Count publication, which provides statewide context on key outcomes in four domains that are foundational to child well-being. Across these domains, which include economic security, educational outcomes, health, and family and community, data is presented at the town level and, wherever possible, statewide data is disaggregated by race and ethnicity.
The national 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Connecticut 7th overall for child well-being. However, as highlighted by Elizabeth Fraser, the Connecticut data book exposes the pervasive disparities that exist in our state by race and ethnicity as well as by income level and zip code. “As we seek to ignite our Connecticut economy, and secure the wellbeing of all children and families in our state, we need to answer the essential questions which have, for too long, been the elephant in the room: who are we leaving behind, and why?” said Fraser. “While the databook can show us where we stand at a point in time, we hope that advocates armed with this data can engage in the important work of mapping out the root-cause inequities and policies that must be remedied to build a more just and prosperous state.”
This publication has traditionally provided timely information to organizations that advocate for policies and practices that support families and children. CAHS stresses that the data and accompanying information curated in the publication will provide policymakers with the necessary context to understand where and how investments in early childhood care and education, two-generational and whole family approaches to jobs, higher education and workforce innovations, and programs that serve low-income children and families can bolster the standing of Connecticut in the region, and the nation.