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Data on children well-being to be presented

BEMIDJI -- Interested members of the public are invited to attend a Kids Count Coffee on Monday to discuss data in the new 2014 Kids Count Data Book.

The Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, Evergreen Youth & Family Services and Beltrami County Human Services will host the Kids Count Coffee from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation in downtown Bemidji, 201 Third St. NW. The event is free but RSVPs are requested.

Participants will discuss the annual Minnesota Kids Count publication that provides state data based on a variety of indicators that show the well-being of Minnesota's children and families. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, Kids Count seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children, officials said in a press release.

This year's data book evaluates the economic stability of children and families through the lens of the family budget. The Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota will present on state and local child and family well-being data looking at how and if Minnesota families are meeting basic needs and developing assets and what happens to child outcomes when children don't have access to basic needs and opportunities.

Following the data presentation, there will be a presentation and discussion on advocacy opportunities to improve investments, programs and policies that increase family access to basic needs and a demonstration of Bridge to Benefits, is an to increase awareness and participation in public work support programs and federal and state tax credits.

Coffee and a light breakfast will be served.

To RSVP, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-kids-count-coffee-bemidji-tickets-14078566371

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