By: Dr. Tami Silverman It is an understatement to say that things have been different this year. For our children…
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We provide critical data, capacity-building resources and innovative training for people and organizations that impact the healthy development of Indiana’s children and youth. We facilitate collaboration and promote problem-solving and collective advocacy on a statewide scale.Learn more
KIDS COUNT® Conference
The IYI KIDS COUNT® CONFERENCE is the Midwest’s largest gathering of youth-serving professionals. Join us December 1-2, 2020 and gain resources from national experts, learn about best practice models from programs like yours, and make connections that last all year long.To learn more, click here!
Insights from the Field
By: Dr. Tami Silverman The pandemic has heightened tensions over this year’s elections, and our kids are paying attention. They listen as negative political ads blare…
When is the right time to talk to children about racism? Are you concerned about not having enough or the…
It is an understatement to say that back-to-school this year is unusual and filled with uncertainty. As youth serving professionals,…
Many of us, as parents and caregivers, find ourselves now at home, juggling our children’s school requirements, our own work…
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Our Areas of Focus
Family & Community
Children prosper in safe, stable, nurturing environments. Family challenges such as substance abuse, incarceration, lack of resources and family instability affect children’s well-being. Maltreatment, exposure to violence, and traumatic stress put children’s safety at risk. Safe communities with strong institutions, quality education, and support services provide the conditions for families and children to thrive.
When parents do better economically, their children do better. Parents need secure employment, well-paying jobs, and affordable housing to ensure their children thrive and prosper. When parents are unemployed or have barriers to sustaining living wage employment, their ability to invest in their children’s development is limited. These experiences of economic insecurity or poverty have lasting effects on children’s well-being, available opportunities and later economic success.
Children thrive when they have access to high-quality education from preschool through grade 12. Establishing the conditions that promote educational success sets students on track to graduate, pursue postsecondary training and education, and successfully transition to adulthood. High-quality early childhood education, math and reading proficiency and school engagement contribute to college and career readiness.
Health is foundational for child well-being. Physical and mental health in childhood impacts other critical aspects of a child’s life, including school attendance and performance. Substance abuse, lack of health care, inadequate insurance, and poor health habits put children’s current and future health at risk.