Research is at the heart of the Children Foundation of Mississippi. With expert research conducted by ourselves and other trusted organizations, organizations in Mississippi are able to work from an accurate picture of the current status of children in the state.

Mississippi KIDS COUNT

Visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s national KIDS COUNT Data Center for the latest national data book and to create custom reports from Mississippi’s data.

Read more about the Children's Foundation and Mississippi KIDS COUNT here.

Inventory of Mississippi Childcare Options

This brief details the available childcare seats in Mississippi in 2023 and other relevant childcare data. It was developed to accompany the information discussed in the panel “Childcare in Today’s Economy: Untapping the Potential to Grow Our Workforce Today and in the Future,” moderated by Dr. Linda Southward at the MEC Annual Meeting in April…

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2023 MS KIDS COUNT Factbook

The Children’s Foundation of Mississippi (CFM) is pleased to present the 2023 Mississippi KIDS COUNT Factbook. The CFM believes that for Mississippi to reach its potential, Mississippi’s children and youth must reach their potential. Nationally, and at the individual state level, KIDS COUNT has continued to be recognized as a premiere data source on children,…

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Blueprint Phase II

The Children’s Foundation team has created a data-driven roadmap that can guide the state toward the best possible future for all of our children. Our first signature project is the development of the Blueprint for Improving the Future of Mississippi’s Children, focused on the needs of children from 0-18 years of age. Because different approaches are needed…

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Navigating the Path to Healthy Development: Today’s Children Are Tomorrow’s Leaders!

The foundations that young children build in the earliest stages of life help determine their future abilities to thrive. Today’s children are the thinkers, leaders, and builders of tomorrow. Mississippi could improve outcomes for young children-and our state as a whole-by increasing access to early intervention supports. This brief examines Mississippi’s early intervention system and…

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Navigating the Path to Healthy Development: Early Investment Pays Off!

The foundations that young children build in the earliest stages of life help determine their future abilities to thrive. Mississippi could improve outcomes for young children-and for our state as a whole-by providing additional state resources to increase families’ access to early intervention supports. This brief examines which states are leading the way in providing…

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COVID-19 & Our Children

COVID-19 & Our Children: A Data Brief

Our Goal In the face of COVID-19, it is our goal as a community to protect the health and safety of our children and their teachers. We want our schools to stay open and continue to be a safe place for our children. In-school education is the most effective method of learning for most students…

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Blueprint for Improving the Future of Mississippi’s Children

Our team partnered with graduate students from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on the Blueprint’s extensive research and analysis. We were founded on the belief that for Mississippi to reach its potential, all children of our state must reach their potential. Charting a strategic course toward increasing the success of Mississippi’s children in…

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2021 KIDS COUNT Data Book

2021 State Trends in Child Well-Being AECF also creates a profile for each state, highlighting the most recent data and comparing it to 2010’s. Despite ranking 50th in the nation for overall child well-being, falling from 49th the previous year, Mississippi is making notable gains in education, according to data published in the 2021 KIDS COUNT®…

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Using Chronic Absence to Map Interrupted Schooling, Instructional Loss and Educational Inequity

This new report from Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center offers critical insights into which student groups, schools and districts are likely to need additional support to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The report shares key recommendations school districts and states can take to turn around low attendance during the pandemic….

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Mississippi’s Risk & Reach Report

Like a GPS, data can be a powerful tool for visualizing and navigating complex terrain. Using the data in this report, we can chart out routes from where we are as a state to where we want to be. Understanding the needs of children and youth within their environments (education, health, economic, and family/community) as…

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Kids, Families and COVID-19: A KIDS COUNT Policy Report

Mississippi KIDS COUNT, the research component of the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi, is participating in the national release of this report. It shares crucial new data about how Mississippi children and their families are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, and strategies to meet their urgent needs.

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Untapped Potential: How Childcare Impacts Mississippi’s State Economy

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation partnered with the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) and the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi on this report to better understand the unique needs of Mississippi’s working parents and how childcare breakdowns impact working parents, their employers, and the state economy. Mississippi families are pursuing postsecondary education and training programs to advance…

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COVID-19: Household Pulse Survey

The Household Pulse Survey is designed to deploy quickly and efficiently, collecting data on a range of ways in which people’s lives have been impacted by the pandemic. Data will be disseminated in near real-time to inform federal and state response and recovery planning. You can access the data here: You can read our…

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2020 Mississippi KIDS COUNT Factbook

Because the amount of dollars Mississippi will receive for federal programs serving so many children and families in the state are based on census counts, we have devoted the 2020 MS KIDS COUNT Factbook entirely to the census. In doing so, we explore the demographic make-up of our child population, why young children are at…

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