In January 2020, St. Croix Foundation was invited to lead KIDS COUNT in the U.S. Virgin Islands. A national initiative launched by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 1990, through KIDS COUNT, SCF is building on over 15 years of strategic investments in Youth and Education. Today we are working with public and nonprofit partners to collect and analyze data that help to tell the story about how our community’s children are faring.
Our overarching KIDS COUNT strategy is to identify ‘hot spots’ as well as ‘bright spots’ of child well-being through the collection and reporting of current, comprehensive, and contextual data to capture the lived experiences of our youngest residents.
The Foundation’s first publication was the 2020 Kids Count USVI Snapshot entitled Building Level Pathways for Our Children, which outlines SCF’s strategy as the new stewards of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Kids Count Initiative. Read the 2020 Snapshot here, and/or request a print copy by contacting email@example.com.
2021 KIDS COUNT USVI Data Book
The 2021 KIDS COUNT USVI Data Book highlights a particularly overlooked subpopulation of our children: adolescents who are commonly referred to as Opportunity Youth (aged 16 to 24). And, in order to tell a holistic and complete story, we incorporate Community Bright Spots, showcasing nonprofits and youth-centered organizations that provide critical services to children and families and collect valuable data.
Recognizing that data by itself is insufficient to move the needle on the welfare of our children, the Foundation is committed to leveraging the information gained through KIDS COUNT to promote policy, encourage community advocacy, and cultivate ‘systems thinking.’ Leaning on our civic, public, and private sector partnerships, our long-term goal is to use the data to identify opportunities to reduce vulnerabilities, build reinforced safety nets, and improve overall outcomes for all children in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
About KIDS COUNT and Annie E. Casey Foundation
KIDS COUNT is a network of non-profits, foundations, and consortiums from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Launched in 1990 by AECF, a national philanthropy focused on child well-being, KIDS COUNT provides data about child wellbeing at the federal, state, and local levels to catalyze informed policies and decision-making. KIDS COUNT grantees are tasked with disseminating their findings publicly through a local data book annually.