Public Focus Archive

Our public focus section will highlight the programs, policies, innovations and leaders in government having a positive impact on children. Government plays a vital role in the well-being of children of all ages, from newborn screenings at our state public health lab to helping foster youth transition to independence, and much more. We want what government does on behalf of children to be more visible and understandable; we aim to provide transparency through success stories, news and introducing the people behind the programs. Missouri KIDS COUNT seeks to provide an environment where common values abound, stories engender confidence in government, and where we reignite participation to find solutions that enlist government agencies as partners in initiatives for children.

At the same time, Missouri KIDS COUNT hopes to help influence the expansion of evidence-based policies and programs in the public sector, supporting the use of easy to understand, reliable, transparent and persuasive data.

We are uniquely situated, having nine state department directors on the FACT Board, overseeing Missouri KIDS COUNT: The Directors of the Departments of Social Services, Health & Senior Services, Elementary and Secondary Education, Economic Development, Mental Health, Corrections, Public Safety, Higher Education, and Labor & Industrial Relations.