Youth and Work

Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity

Policy Report

This KIDS COUNT policy report suggests that business, government, philanthropy and communities must come together to create opportunities and build a stronger workforce.

March 1, 2012

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Program Area

Economic Opportunity

Developing pathways for parents to become financially stable and support their children’s healthy development and academic success.

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Work, Education and Income


Investments aimed at linking individuals disconnected from the workforce or school to opportunities for jobs, education and achieving the American Dream.

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Program Area

Research and Policy

Improving the lives of millions of children by producing evidence on which ideas and programs work and by advancing sound policy reforms.

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Double Jeopardy

How Third Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation


This report is based on a longitudinal study of nearly 4,000 students over the course of their high school careers. It outlines the problems, and suggests reforms to policy and programs that could resolve them.

January 1, 2012

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Data Snapshot on High-Poverty Communities

Children Living in America's High-Poverty Communities


This data snapshot highlights newly available national, state and city data in the KIDS COUNT Data Center that shows a 25% increase in the number of children residing in areas of concentrated poverty since 2000.

February 1, 2012

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Patrick McCarthy on the Increasing Struggles of America’s Working Families


Four years after a call to arms to fight poverty during the historic presidential election of 2008, the Annie E. Casey Foundation's President and CEO Patrick McCarthy calls for increased awareness of disadvantaged children. McCarthy delivered these remarks during a welcoming speech at the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity forum in January 2012.

January 17, 2012

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Counting is Not Enough

Investing in Qualitative Case Reviews for Practice Improvement in Child Welfare


This report—the first field-study of its kind—evaluates an increasingly popular performance-monitoring tool, the Qualitative Case Review (QCR), while offering tips for enhancing its implementation and use in child welfare systems nationwide. 

January 1, 2011

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