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Transcript of Kids Count
www.utahchildren.org In Utah, children make up one-third of our population
and 100% of our future. And the number of kids in our state is growing. Kids from single parent homes are more likely to grow up in poverty.
We need to make sure all parents have the support they need to help their kids grow up healthy and strong. We need to make sure ALL kids have an equal shot at success. 1 in every 4 kids in Utah is from a minority group. Kids living in poverty are more likely to be poor as adults.
This is a growing problem in Utah and it's a trend
we need to reverse. And soon. Utah was selected by Forbes as "The Best State for Business" in 2012. We should also be the best state for our youth. Food Stamps put food on the table and dollars in the local economy.
Let's make sure there are enough good jobs
for ALL FAMILIES to meet their needs. All kids need healthcare 365 days a year.
Over 2/3 of uninsured youth from low-income families
are eligible for CHIP or Medicaid. Increased outreach efforts can help identify these kids
and get them the health care they deserve. Utah has much to be proud of as well. There are many areas where the numbers are headed in the right direction. Kids in poverty are on the rise, but free and reduced school lunches
help growing minds and bodies get the nutrition they need. There is so much more we can do to make sure
ALL KIDS have a shot at success. Early childhood education for at-risk kids
would change those numbers significantly. And it starts by making sure
KIDS COUNT. Thank you to the students from The University of Utah
for their work on this presentation.