Our Mission


Mississippi KIDS COUNT is the leading resource for comprehensive information on Mississippi’s children and serves as a catalyst for improving outcomes for children, families, and communities.


Established in 2007, Mississippi KIDS COUNT is housed within the Family & Children Research Unit at the Social Science Research Center on the campus of Mississippi State University. KIDS COUNT provides data, statistics, and original research about the health, education, safety and well-being of children to policymakers, educators, program administrators, parents, caregivers, advocates and the general public.


  • Collect, analyze, and maintain a comprehensive database of indicators concerning Mississippi
  • Publish and disseminate high-quality data in the annual KIDS COUNT Fact Book
  • Publish periodic issue briefs on current topics relating to the well-being of Mississippi children and families
  • Participate in outreach by building partnerships with stakeholders, promoting information, sharing data, and bringing nationally known speakers and state leaders to identify challenges and share solutions


The Mississippi KIDS COUNT program is made possible, in part, through grants from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Mississippi State University’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine. With your financial commitment, KIDS COUNT will continue producing reliable high-quality data and relevant educational outreach throughout Mississippi.