About Montana KIDS COUNT
Housed in the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at The University of Montana School of Business Administration, Montana KIDS COUNT is one of fifty-one similar projects through the United States funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The project is a collaborative effort to collect data concerning Montana's children and families.
The mission of Montana KIDS COUNT is to improve the quality of life for Montana's children and families by collecting and disseminating data that will advance awareness of the issues faced by this population. By creating awareness of existing problems, Montana KIDS COUNT provides the tools for child advocates and policy makers to promote effective decision-making that will improve the lives of children in our state.
Every program and policy decision that touches the lives of children and families in Montana is based in thorough data research and evaluation to ensure that Montana children are allowed to grow up and reach their full potential as adults.
Montana KIDS COUNT believes that... ...properly collected and reported data are a necessity for responsible decision making. ...policy and program decisions should be made to allow children to reach their fullest potential. ...an informed public will in turn inform decision-making processes. ...children deserve an even start in life.