Interactive Mapping Across the KIDS COUNT Network

In October 2012, DC KIDS COUNT released a first-of-its-kind databook with online, interactive map about how DC neighborhoods are doing. We’re happy to see our KIDS COUNT colleagues taking on similar projects in New Mexico and New York—mapping resources and data about children, then using those maps as a tool for monitoring child well-being and developing policies that improve outcomes.

I attended a KIDS COUNT data conference recently, where we heard about the ways that New Mexico is using maps to spur conversations and connect data to action. Through a community data collaborative, stakeholders there are creating interactive maps that bring together data on specific areas of child well-being. For example, their map of early childhood services juxtaposes data on child poverty and other indicators of need with data on resources such as subsidized child care, nutrition programs, and pre-kindergarten. The sheer amount of data they brought together is incredible, and their online maps are starting conversations about gaps between resources and need.

New York developed a great community asset mapping tool where users can build their own interactive maps by county, school district or other geography. They incorporated resource data on Head Start programs, career centers and the WIC nutrition program with a full range of KIDS COUNT indicators on health, education, economic security and more.

DC Action is proud of be part of a network of state KIDS COUNT grantees that are learning about mapping child well-being from each other. We hope that you are able to learn from these maps, as well, and that you have suggestions for our work in DC. What’s important for you to see in maps of child well-being?

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