Every year, Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota publishes a KIDS COUNT Data Book. The book provides state data based on a variety of indicators that show the well-being of Minnesota’s children and families. The data serve as benchmarks of child well-being for policymakers and citizens and help to enrich local, state and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children. CDF-MN organizes an annual KIDS COUNT Coffee Tour around the release of the book to provide policymakers and citizens from across the state with the opportunity to learn about the data and engage on issues of child well-being.
On Tuesday, January 31st, the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) will host a KIDS COUNT Coffee event (This is a rescheduled event.). We invite you to join us for this event! Attendees will learn about this year's data book entitled “Tipping the Scales in Early Childhood," which focuses on early childhood and features research on the importance of early childhood development, data on the status of Minnesota’s youngest citizens, and programs and policies that support success in early childhood and throughout adulthood. Most of the data is disaggregated by race and ethnicity, and we've highlighted evidence-based interventions aimed to improve outcomes for children with an emphasis on programs and policies that are culturally focused and/or particularly beneficial to children of color. Organized around Children's Defense Fund mission, the data book will provide research and indicators around providing young children a Fair Start, Head Start, Healthy Start, Safe Start, and Moral Start and successful passage into adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
Refreshments will be provided!
Parking is available in the SMIF building lot.
Can't make it to this event? The KIDS COUNT Coffee Tour may be coming to a city near you! Check out the CDF-MN Events Page for details and locations.
If you would like to arrange for CDF-MN to hold a KIDS COUNT Coffee in your community, please contact Stephanie Hogenson at email@example.com or 651-855-1175.
Photo Credit: Minnesota Literacy Council