The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Annie E-News April 2008
2008 KIDS COUNT Data Book Shows Good and Bad News
National trends in child well-being have improved slightly since 2000, according to the 19th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, but these trends are not on par with the improvements that were seen at the end of the 1990s. The Data Book, released on June 12, 2008, is a national and state-by-state profile of the status of America’s children. In addition to tracking 10 indicators of overall child well-being, this year’s Data Book features an essay highlighting the urgent need to reform America’s juvenile justice system.

Helping Fathers Become Active and Engaged Parents
Father’s Day isn’t just a time for sending cards, but a time to honor and support all men who take a vital role in the lives of their children and families. The Casey Foundation’s investments in responsible fatherhood are driven by our belief that children are better off when fathers receive the encouragement and support they need to be actively engaged with and committed to their kid -- financially, emotionally, and in all ways.

New Study Highlights States' Efforts to Fight Poverty
Seizing the Moment explores efforts in a dozen states to raise the political profile of fighting poverty, calling on the next president to focus on economic opportunity across the nation.  The report was published by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, a foundation-led initiative sponsored in part by the Casey Foundation.