Kids Count Alaska’s 20th Anniversary

For 20 years, Kids Count Alaska has been an ongoing program at ISER. It’s part of the nationwide KIDS COUNT program, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to assess the welfare of children around the country and provide data to support policies for improving children’s lives. ISER researchers have taken a preliminary look at trends in Alaska over the past two decades, and found that children here are doing better in several ways: babies are much more likely to survive, high-school droput rates are lower, and the rate of violent deaths (accident, suicides, and homicides) among teenagers has dropped by nearly half.

Researchers with Kids Count Alaska will be taking a more detailed look at 20-year trends in the well-being of Alaska’s children and teenagers in the months to come. If there are specific measures of well-being you’d like us to look at, get in touch with Virgene Hanna, director of Kids Count Alaska, at 907-786-5431 or

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