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The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2024 KIDS COUNT® Data Book is here! The updated book reveals that Oregon ranks 26th in the US in overall child well-being, with significant room for improvement in education (43rd) and economic well-being (29th). As the Oregon partner for the KIDS COUNT network, we’re committed to using this data to continue to advocate for the policies and programs that will help every child thrive.

These figures paint a picture of lagging educational and economic support which directly impacts the well-being of Oregon’s children and youth, now and into their futures. OCO’s Executive Director Jenifer Wagley states:

“Oregon’s education system is faltering, and our kids are bearing the weight of a system in need of radical transparency, statewide accountability metrics, and modernized funding distribution formulas.”

The Early Literacy Initiative passed in 2023 and is an example of the right kind of policy, policy that is targeted and focused on evidenced based strategies that when implemented directly impact a child’s ability to learn. 

At the same time, Oregon ranks 12th in the nation for children’s health; certainly a number to celebrate. This is a great example of how policy can impact the well-being of children and youth. In 2017, Cover All Kids was passed into law and has been beneficial to improving the health care for kids in Oregon. Good policy matters, and now we need to continue passing and implementing legislation that moves the needle for kids and their families. Similarly, another win was the recent Kids Credit legislation – this is targeted policy that’s based on evidenced-based solutions that bolster families’ abilities to be resilient in the face of a burdensome, unequal economic system.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation offers several recommendations to help get kids back on track, including ensuring access to essential resources, expanding high-dosage tutoring, addressing chronic absenteeism in our schools (another place accountability and transparency are needed), and investing in community schools.  

We’ll continue to urge our state’s leaders to prioritize the policies and investments that will create equitable opportunities for all of Oregon’s children to thrive no matter their race, place, ability or identity. To learn more about the state of child well-being in Oregon click below!