KIDS COUNT Provides Insight into Nevada Kids

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

Reno, NV - Inside the Data Book are the latest statistics on everything from child poverty to health care. The annual KIDS COUNT is what organizations like the Children's Cabinet count on.

"Well as a non-profit it's extremely important for us because it helps us determine what kind of programming we need to do," says First Lady Kathleen Sandoval, who also serves as the Program Director for The Children's Cabinet. "It also helps us to be able to educate the community about what the issues are."

One of those big issues, researchers found, was teenage deaths. Accidents make up about half of violent teenage deaths in the state of nevada. Homicides, account for 29-percent and suicides account for about 20-percent.

Other areas of concern?

"The teen pregnancy rate was one," says Michael Pomi, Executive Director of The Children's Cabinet. "Another was child poverty. But you know, our economy goes along with that."

The book also points out where we have seen successes. And one place is in the classroom.

"The testing rate went up, the graduation rates went up, kids going to college went up. So all the way through the system," says Pomi. "The great equalizer for all of us is education. And if we can get kids in a stable education along with environment wherever that is, they get out of child welfare. They become pro-social and productive citizens. And they make a difference."

The KIDS COUNT Data Book comes out every year and is sponsored by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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