A is for Abacus.

In January, the Montana Budget & Policy Center became the KIDS COUNT grantee for Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. During the past eight months, we have been busy updating data on the KIDS COUNT Data Center, building partnerships in each state, forming advisory committees, and gaining an understanding for the policies that would most benefit the children in each state.

In the past eight months we’ve updated over 100 data points from high school graduation rates and child food insecurity, to uninsured children and WIC participants. This data is critical for nonprofits in their grant writing and for stakeholders and policymakers to better understand the needs of children. Go check it out.

We have also been hard at work developing a new brand and logo to update our look.

We are so excited that today we finally get to show off our new, fresh logo to accompany the reliable data that Montana KIDS COUNT is known for.

Doesn’t it look great?

Next we will rebuild the websites in each state and plan to launch those in December. While the look and feel of KIDS COUNT materials may look different, the trusted data and commitment to seeing children and families thrive remains the same. We are looking forward to these next steps as we build upon and expand the great work of KIDS COUNT.

Want to stay up to date? Follow us on Twitter @MTKidsCount and Facebook to get the latest information and data updates. Want to connect with KIDS COUNT further? Contact Montana KIDS COUNT Coordinator, Xanna Burg, at xburg@montanabudget.org.

It is an exciting time for Montana KIDS COUNT and we are grateful to have you with us.

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