KIDS COUNT: An Amazing Resource for Data About Kids

Last week, CFRP faculty and staff attended the Center for Public Policy Priorities’ (CPPP) release of the 2015 State of Texas Children report. CPPP is home to the Texas KIDS COUNT Project, the state level site of the national KIDS COUNT effort funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

We’re fortunate to have such a great resource as CPPP right in our backyard in Austin. In addition to holding special events, they also provide access to several interactive, online data tools, including the national KIDS COUNT Data Center. The KIDS COUNT Data Center hosts data on children at both the state and county levels for over 50 indicators, including demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behavior.

CPPP’s 2015 report highlights some key data about children in Texas:

  • More than 7 million kids, or nearly 1 in 11 kids in the U.S., live in Texas.
  • 25 percent of Texas kids live in poverty, yet only 5 percent of Texas parents are unemployed.
  • Texas kids’ uninsured rate is the second highest in the nation. Only 1 out of 8 Texas children are insured.
  • 60 percent of Texas students are low-income (below 200% of poverty line).
  • For every dollar invested in Pre-K, Texas saves a minimum of $3.50.
  • 11 percent of babies in Texas were born to teen mothers. Texas has the highest rate of repeat births to teens.

For the summary report, full report, and video recording of the release event, go to the CPPP KIDS COUNT page.