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St. Croix Foundation to Release the 2022 KIDS COUNT USVI Data Book on Dec. 14

The St. Croix Foundation

St. Croix Foundation for Community Development (SCF) will release the 2022 KIDS COUNT USVI Data Book at 11 a.m. (AST) on Dec. 14, at a Virtual Community Stakeholder Presentation.

A national initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), KIDS COUNT has evolved into one of the largest, long-standing data repositories in the United States focused on the status of children and families. A national network of nonprofits, foundations and consortia from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, KIDS COUNT is seen as a vital means of providing critical data about child well-being for many federal, state and local government agencies.

During the virtual presentation on Dec. 14, the St. Croix Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Team will provide an overview of the 2022 USVI Data Book to

government partners and community stakeholders. The data book comprehensively reports on the status of U.S. Virgin Islands youth in four primary domains (family and community, education, health and economic well-being). An electronic copy of the data book will be distributed to all registered participants.

Parents, educators, nonprofit organizations, policymakers and public administrators are likely to find the information in this year’s data book particularly useful.

Interested parties may register for the presentation at: http://bitly.ws/xzPE. There is no cost to attend and all are welcome.

Cover of KIDS COUNT USVI 2021 Data Book. (The cover of the 2021 KIDS COUNT USVI Data Book is by St. Croix artist Elisa McKay, who also writes for the V.I. Source)

The KIDS COUNT Data Book includes data collected from the most current available data sources (including governmental as well as nonprofit) throughout the territory. One targeted population that the KIDS COUNT Team seeks to highlight is an often-overlooked subpopulation of children: adolescents.

President and CEO of St. Croix Foundation Deanna James said, “As we step into the third year of St. Croix Foundation’s stewardship of KIDS COUNT in the Virgin Islands, our KC team is growing increasingly optimistic about the potential to measurably move the proverbial needle on the well-being and welfare of children and families in the territory. Undoubtedly, our optimism is tempered by the challenges before us, including data system deficiencies and the incoherence of the existing support systems underneath and around our children. Still, there are several bright spots that keep us hopeful.”

St. Croix Foundation extends its deepest appreciation to the Annie E. Casey Foundation and to its many local partners from the public, private and civic sectors for their collaboration and commitment to children and families in the Virgin Islands. The Foundation also thanks GlobalGiving for its generous, unwavering support of its work. Questions about the initiative should be directed to President Deanna James of the St. Croix Foundation at 773-9898 or djames@stxfoundation.org

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