KIDS COUNT Summit to focus on economic impacts

How economic well-being impacts children, youth, families and communities will be examined in detail next month during the sixth annual Mississippi KIDS COUNT Summit in Jackson.

Taking place Feb. 22 at Christ United Methodist Church, the 8 a.m.-4 p.m. program will include the official release of the 2013 Mississippi KIDS COUNT Data Book. This year’s publication features a foreword by William F. Winter, former governor and longtime education advocate.

Mississippi KIDS COUNT is the leading resource for comprehensive information on the state’s children and works to improve the outcomes for children, families and communities. Part of the Family and Children Research Unit at Mississippi State University’s nationally recognized Social Science Research Center, it is sponsored, in part, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore, Md.

Wes Moore, author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller “The Other Wes Moore,” is the 2013 summit’s featured speaker. He is a youth advocate, military combat veteran, social entrepreneur and host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The $55 adult and $25 youth summit registration fee covers a continental breakfast, networking luncheon, copy of the data book, and toolkit resources from successful programs across the state.

For each adult registering by Feb. 15, one youth registration will be waived. Participating educators may earn continuing education units.

New to this year’s summit will be a morning economic panel discussion focused on making Mississippi’s children a priority in challenging economic times. State and national philanthropic leaders examine current best practices for investing in the state’s children and families. The panelists include: