Tennessee KIDS COUNT

KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey foundation, is an effort to provide state legislators, public officials and child advocates with reliable data, policy recommendations and tools needed to advance sound policies that benefit children and families. The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is the Tennessee KIDS COUNT affiliate, providing county-level data to the KIDS COUNT Data Center, promoting  KIDS COUNT data publications, and annually publishing KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee.

William Edwards Deming—a driving force behind the development of Japanese management principles—was known to say “In God we trust. All others bring data.” The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth promotes evidence-based policy, and data is where the evidence is found.

KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee is an annual data book that tracks the status of children by analyzing state- and county-level statistical indicators of child well-being using social, educational, economic and health data. Tennessee's program cooperates with state departments, universities and other organizations to collect information used in the book.

Improving Outcomes for Children in Tennessee

The KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee 2016 report released today by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) focuses on the importance of preventing and responding appropriately to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), current ACEs data for Tennessee, and also ranks counties on child well-being.

The child well-being rankings for the Tennessee counties in KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee report the range of outcomes from Williamson County, which ranked the best, to Shelby County, where children face the most obstacles.

This report includes the most recent data on ACEs in Tennessee from the Department of Health Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee is available online at http://tn.gov/tccy/article/tccy-kcsoc16. Profiles for individual counties, including how each ranks overall and on the domains by linking to the county pages, are available at http://www.tn.gov/tccy/article/tccy-kc-soc16-counties.

Tennessee Sees Gains for Kids, Ranking 35th in the Nation for Overall Child Well-Being

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 13, 2017 — Tennessee’s improvements for children in education, health and economic well-being placed the state at 35th, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today.

The Data Book ranks states in measures of child well-being across four domains and within 16 indicators. The annual report provides data over a five-year period as well as year-to-year. Tennessee ranks 26th in health, 33rd in education, 35th in economic well-being and 40th in family and community in this year’s Data Book.

“The 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book reflects substantial progress during the administration of Governor Bill Haslam,” said Linda O’Neal, executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, the state KIDS COUNT affiliate.

KIDS COUNT National Data Book is available at www.aecf.org.