The State of Children in Memphis & Shelby County was first published in 2006 with the initial purpose of compiling the best available data on children in our community. Many individuals and organizations were gathering important information on children, but the 2006 Data Book was the first time that the data had been assembled in a single document.
We hope that the Data Book will be a useful tool for government leaders, service providers, educators, and all community stakeholders who desire positive changes in Memphis and Shelby County. We believe that the evidence it presents for the importance of children’s earliest years provides clear direction for community efforts to improve the lives of our children and the future of our community.
For more information on The State Of Children In Memphis And Shelby County or to request a speaker or program guest, please contact Katy Spurlock at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (901) 385-4233.
This 2013 volume continues to track and update the data. It has also become more focused on our community’s youngest children, specifically those under age three. Additionally, The Urban Child Institute is excited that the new Data Book includes contributions from some of our community’s top experts in various fields related to children’s well-being.