When we work directly with children and families on a daily basis, it can be helpful to take a step back and look at the “big picture” of the greater community. Voices for Virginia’s Children is an excellent source of data, trends and advocacy alerts related to child welfare in the commonwealth. Their clickable maps make it easy to look specifically at the five jurisdictions we serve in Northern Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William) as well as compare with other regions. They recently asked (and answered) four important questions:
- Are you curious about which localities have the most children?
- Have you ever wondered how economically disadvantaged children are faring across the Commonwealth?
- Did you know that the 3rd Grade Reading SOL is an important indicator of future school performance?
- Have you wondered how Virginia’s children have been impacted by the improvements to health coverage in recent years?
Get the answer to these questions and more in this new series of interactive stories, covering child demographics, economic well-being, education, and health. Each story contains maps, graphs, and tables that you can manipulate and interact with.
We hope you find these stories and its data useful in seeing how kids are faring in your locality and across the Commonwealth!
For additional information on the stories, its data, or to have a personalized presentation for your region or organization, please contact KIDS COUNT Director, Beth Nolan at [email protected].