According to the recent 2016 KIDS COUNT report, Iowa is now ranked third in the nation for overall child well-being.

The annual report, released by Annie E. Casey Foundation, rates states on four main criteria: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. Compared to the United States’ national average, Iowa performs better on every indicator included in the study.

Iowa has improved in providing better education to our students and keeping our children and infants healthy. However, the number of Iowan children living in single-parent families has increased, leading to more children in our communities living in poverty.

At Sieda, our programs focus on improving each aspect provided in the study. Through excellent family support services, such as Parents As Teachers (PAT) and Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), and Child Development programs, we provide resources and support for parents to encourage healthy child development and readiness for education.

Our programs help create a brighter future for children in our communities, working to create a higher standard in all these indicators.

More information about the report can be found at


All information provided by:

The Annie E. Casey Foundation. 2016. Kids Count Data Book 2016. Baltimore, MD: Retrieved from