2024 KIDS COUNT in Delaware FOCUS Book Released!


KIDS COUNT in Delaware Highlights Interplay of Data, Policy, and Leadership in 2024 FOCUS Book

A Roadmap to Utilizing Data for Transformative Change


KIDS COUNT in Delaware recently released the highly anticipated 2024 FOCUS Book, emphasizing the pivotal role of data-driven decision making in shaping public policy and leadership priorities. For years, KIDS COUNT in Delaware has advocated for the importance of utilizing quality, reliable data to inform policy decisions, program planning, and fundraising efforts which enhance opportunities for children across the state. This latest report underscores how leadership choices directly impact the lives of Delaware’s youth, stressing the need for elected officials and other policy makers to base their decisions on evidence rather than subjective opinion.


The 2024 FOCUS book not only examines the historical impact of public policies on children and families but also provides insights into the future trajectory of child well-being in Delaware. By spotlighting policy decisions and their tangible effects as revealed through data analysis, the book equips readers with valuable information to engage with candidates running for office in the upcoming election.

Among key themes explored in the book are persistence of historical inequities, the transformative power of policy interventions, and the necessity for policy evolution in response to changing circumstances. By examining these themes through a data-driven lens, KIDS COUNT in Delaware aims to empower voters and policymakers alike to make informed decisions that prioritize the well-being of Delaware’s youngest.



National and State Resources

Monthly Digest of Select Resources Related to Child Well-Being



Prevention Guide: In preparation for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Child Welfare Information Gateway released the 2023/2024 Prevention Resource Guide. The guide addresses some of the root causes of child abuse and neglect and highlights protective strategies that support children and families. The report features state examples and conversation guides for partnering with families in English and Spanish.

Kinship Care: The Annie E. Casey Foundation released the report, Family Ties: Analysis From a State-By-State Survey of Kinship Care Policies. The report highlights survey data of state child welfare administrators, conducted by Child Trends. Additional analysis of the survey will be released across six briefs. The first brief in the series addresses foster care licensing.

Mandated Reporting: Child Trends released a research brief highlighting how Mandated Reporting Policies Do Not Promote More Accurate Reporting of Suspected Neglect. The brief concludes with alternative approaches to addressing poverty given the relationship between neglect and poverty.

Child Maltreatment: In a recently released research brief, the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center summarized six evidence-based state policies that reduce child maltreatment.

Decennial Census & Projections: Count All Kids released a report that examines subnational coverage for children ages 5 to 9 in recent decennial censuses and suggests potential improvements for improving the count of young children in the 2030 Census. The coalition also released a report with projections regarding demographic changes for young children.

2030 Census: The Leadership Conference Education Fund created the Roadmap to the 2030 Census to provide information and annual milestones that advocates can monitor and engage in to prepare for the 2030 Census.

Family Child Care: Home Grown and NIEER released a report estimating how much it would cost to include Family Child Care (FCC) in publicly funded pre-k. The report builds upon a previous summary of policies that support the inclusion of FCC educators in pre-k programs.

Funding Opportunity & Equity: Start Early recently launched its Impact Initiative for 2024 – a limited-time opportunity designed to advance the work of community-level system leaders as they address quality and equity in their early childhood systems. Through a simple application, public sector leaders and advocates may request complimentary support in systems mapping, family-centered design, or customized consulting. Start Early previously released policy recommendations for advocates to advance equity and inclusion for young children with disabilities and delays.

Affordable Care Act: In recognition of the 14th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report celebrating ACA’s success and proposing opportunities for policymakers to strengthen its impact.

Care Infrastructure: The Century Foundation and Caring Across Generations released its 2024 Report Card for Policies in the States. This report provides state analysis of essential care policies, including early learning and paid family and medical leave with federal and state-level recommendations to build a care infrastructure.

Child Tax Credit: The Niskanen Center released a report outlining options to reform family tax benefits by expanding the Child Tax Credit and consolidating other overlapping benefits.

Research Review: Child Trends released A 100-Year Review of Research on Black Families, which incorporates lessons from 1920 to 2019 that can inform the current work of researchers, funders, and policymakers.



KIDS COUNT Data Center Updates!
New Data Available


The following indicators have been updated with Delaware data:

Prevalence of developmental delay
Prevalence of learning disability
Prevalence of autism/ASD
Special education or early intervention plan
Early literacy
Child use of electronics
School attendance
Extracurricular activities
School engagement

Family cash assistance from government
Family SNAP benefits
Family WIC benefits
Child free or reduced cost meals
Family job change due to child care

Children who are victim of or witness to community violence
Children with divorced or separated parent/guardian
Children who have experienced death of parent/guardian
Adverse childhood experiences
Child witnessed domestic violence
Children with incarcerated parent/guardian
Family meals
Teen work for pay

Child mental health
Child prevalence of anxiety
Child prevalence of depression
Child mental health care treatment
Child physical activity

Child was bullied
Child bullied others



KIDS COUNT in Delaware
Center for Community Research & Service
Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration
University of Delaware
297 Graham Hall, Newark DE
(302) 831-4966 kids-count@udel.edu



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