On April 9, 2021, the Maine Children’s Alliance released the latest edition of the Maine KIDS COUNT® Data Book, the most comprehensive data on the status and well-being of children in Maine. The Maine Children’s Alliance is the KIDS COUNT® partner for Maine, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic downturn have created serious concerns about the immediate and long-term impacts on children and families. It has also reminded us that our health and well-being are interconnected. Now more than ever, the Maine Children’s Alliance is committed to providing data to inform policy and advocacy to support the health and well-being of children and families.
In this year’s Data Book, where possible, 2020 data is displayed, demonstrating the impact of the pandemic. Other times, the latest available data is 2019, which may be used as a baseline before the public health crisis. The 2021 Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book serves as a resource for how children and families are being impacted by the pandemic, and includes indicators highlighting disparities by race, geography, and income.