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New Factsheets on Using Protective Factors for ACYF Populations

Protective factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that can promote well-being by serving as "buffers" to the effects of risk exposure and helping individuals and families negotiate difficult circumstances and fare better in school, work, and life.

“Worrying declines in teen and young adult employment”

This data present a sobering picture of the labor market for teens and young adults.
A teen employment rate of 26 percent suggests that most teens are missing key learning and developmental experiences that will prepare them for the labor market and adulthood.

Health in Rural Missouri – Childhood Obesity

A recently released report “Health in Rural Missouri, Childhood Obesity” finds that 28.9% of low income 2-5 year olds in Missouri are overweight or obese, compared to a national average of 22.8%.

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Long -Term Benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

In 2014, nearly one in seven American households experienced food insecurity, meaning that one or more household members did not have adequate food due to insufficient money or other resources.

The American Middle Class Is Losing Ground

Lower- and middle-income families have continued to fall behind upper-income families in the 21st century. Heading into the Great Recession, lower-income families lost 6% of their wealth, edging down from $19,397 in 2001 to $18,264 in 2007.

Generational war over the budget? Hard to see it in the numbers.

A crucial question for future policy making is whether rising outlays on programs for the aged will squeeze out spending on programs for children, especially investments in their schooling.

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Featured Articles


Missouri Reentry Process: Finding the Right Path for Returning Citizens

“We need to provide a path for returning citizens and their families to become productive... View Article


School Nurses and the State School Nurse Consultant: A Continued Commitment to Children’s Health

Over the last few months, Missouri KIDS COUNT has featured a series of articles on... View Article


School Nurses: How Social Determinants Impact Their Work

“School nurses sometimes are like the mom away from home. We fix glasses, provide ties... View Article


School Nurses and School-based Healthcare: The Data and the Stories

“The misconception that school nurses are not ‘real’ nurses continues to prevail because many aspects... View Article

Take A Closer Look: Who Is Missouri KIDS COUNT?

Missouri KIDS COUNT is a diverse team of public sector, non-profit and private sector members that works to improve the lives of Missouri's children by using reliable data to spark collaboration, inform policy making, and make sound investments.

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