The motto of the KIDS COUNT project is: What gets measured, gets changed. In order to learn more about the current realities for Kentucky kids who are Black and Brown, and to track progress towards equitable outcomes, advocates need data.

Kentucky Youth Advocates has compiled into one place – our Race Equity page – the following resources for advocates and policymakers to access child and family wellbeing data broken out by race and ethnicity.

Kentucky Youth Advocates and the Annie E. Casey Foundation post numerous data points disaggregated by race on the KIDS COUNT Data Center. To filter the data by type of geography (e.g. county or school district), use the Locations toolbar on the left side of the page. KYA has posted data by race for counties/school districts for most of the key indicators of wellbeing highlighted in the latest County Data Book. Unfortunately, such data is not available for children living in low-income families, children in food insecure households, and households with a high rental cost burden.

The interactive KIDS COUNT Data Dashboard provides additional information for the key indicators highlighted in the County Data Book, including charts with data by race for the state as a whole. Please note that for a few of the indicators, a different data source was used to portray data by race than the non-disaggregated data shown in the data book.

The 2021 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book examines data by race, the impacts of systemic racial injustice on children and families, and solutions to advance racial equity so that every child can thrive. For each domain of wellbeing – Economic Security, Education, Health, and Family & Community – a variety of data points reveal troubling racial disparities that keep our Commonwealth from reaching its potential.


If you have ideas on additional data by race that Kentucky Youth Advocates can provide to readers, please email Paul Colwell at