This month The Urban Child Institute will release the eighth edition of the Data Book: The State of Children in Memphis and Shelby County.
For the last 7 years, the Urban Child Institute (UCI) has compiled a multitude of data on children and the conditions affecting them in Memphis and Shelby County. The solution to many of our community's problems are not easy, but they are simple.
Something as natural as a child being ready to thrive in kindergarten is actually the result of a complex set of processes and experiences. In a sense, a kindergarten-ready child is a reflection of a kindergarten-ready family.
We recently wrote about the opportunity for our community to take the heart, grit and grind that have come to define our civic psyche and tap into them to fight for the future of every child in our community. There is no title more important that we can win than this one, because as champions for children, we are in fact winning a better future for Memphis and Shelby County.
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