Who is Missouri KIDS COUNT?
Missouri KIDS COUNT is a diverse team of public sector, non-profit and private sector members; together we are the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) KIDS COUNT partner in Missouri.
FACT, the Family and Community Trust, the AECF KIDS COUNT grantee, is a non-profit corporation with Board members drawn from the top leadership in state government and the private sector. Established in 1993, the Board’s mission is to promote and support collaboration and innovation in service delivery for Missouri’s children and families through its 20 Community Partnerships around the state.
FACT is joined by its Missouri KIDS COUNT partners, the University of Missouri Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) and the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF).
OSEDA produced the KIDS COUNT data book and hosted the KIDS COUNT data warehouse and website since 1993. CTF, Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention, works to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect through grant distribution, public education, awareness and partnerships. CTF has been a long term funder and advisor to Missouri KIDS COUNT.
The team is supported by FACT Director Bill Dent and KIDS COUNT Coordinator Laurie Hines, both with long tenure working in social services.
This unique team will provide a highly collaborative environment for effective policymaking and sound investments using reliable data and research on behalf of Missouri’s children.
What can we do together?
OSEDA will continue to make data visible, accessible, understandable and usable for everyone working to improve the lives of children through:
- The Missouri KIDS COUNT data book that highlights indicators and county rankings
- A searchable archive of Missouri KIDS COUNT data available since 1993
- Data reports and research papers
The Community Partnerships will:
- Effect community-based advocacy around issues important to each community.
- Highlight successful projects and innovative ideas from all regions of the state.
- Provide stories to help policy makers and law makers better understand the lives of Missouri’s children.
The FACT Board will:
- Highlight state government successes in child well-being.
- Help support and encourage a highly collaborative policymaking environment across child-serving state agencies.
- Encourage enhanced data sharing across state agencies to benefit children.
- Provide financial support.
- Collaborate with Missouri KIDS COUNT partners.
- Advise and promote Missouri KIDS COUNT information.