FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS SOUTH DAKOTA KIDS COUNT?
South Dakota KIDS COUNT is part of a nationwide network funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation which raises public awareness and accountability for the condition of kids and families by measuring and reporting on the status of children. South Dakota KIDS COUNT finds ways to utilize such information creatively in order to inform public debate and strengthen public action on behalf of children and families within the state.
WHAT DOES SOUTH DAKOTA KIDS COUNT TRY TO ACCOMPLISH?
South Dakota KIDS COUNT's goal is to enhance the discussion/debate about our state's children and their well-being in order to promote sound policies and effective responses. Those effective responses will improve outcomes and equity for all children [regardless of race or ethnicity] and families. With the data we collect or through our research, we need to engage stakeholders [general public, advocates, policy makers, program directors] in this process so they use the data to influence public policy, laws, practices and budgets.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE IMPACT OF SOUTH DAKOTA KIDS COUNT?
South Dakota KIDS COUNT has been the catalyst for public and private initiatives to improve children's lives. Like the Annie E. Casey Foundation, we believe that the more the public knows about the needs and problems of coming generations, the more likely we are to find the resolve, the resources and the strategies for effectively addressing them.
HOW DO I CITE SOUTH DAKOTA KIDS COUNT DATA?
Permission to copy, reprint, or otherwise distribute South Dakota KIDS COUNT data is granted as long as appropriate acknowledgement is given. When citing data from the KIDS COUNT Data Center website, please include the URL: www.kidscount.org.