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Dakota County, NE

Child Well-Being Snapshot

Despite a number of population risk factors, the partnership in Dakota County, funded and supported by Nebraska Children, has made tremendous strides lowering the number of child abuse and neglect incidences. See the state of child well-being in Dakota County below. All data comes from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Nebraska Department of Education, the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Crimial Justice, the US Census Bureau and the County Health Rankings and Roadmap Program. Population analysis by CPAR at UNO. Population estimates based on 2009-2014 data.

31 percent of Dakota County's population is children age 18 or younger.

17 percent of the population in Dakota County Nebraska is living below the poverty line

Dakota County Nebraska has seen a dramatic decline in substantiated child abuse and neglect rates since 2010

Number of kids in foster care in Dakota County has declined since 2011

Reading proficiency among 3rd graders in Dakota County has gone from 47 percent in 2010 to 74 percent in 2013

36 percent of children in Adams County Nebraska live in a home where a language other than English is spoken.

31 percent of children in Dakota County Nebraska lived in a single-parent household in 2013

Nebraska Children's investments in Dakota County

Child Abuse Prevention Council (Wakefield Family Resource Center) serving Burt, Cedar, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Knox, Thurston and Wayne Counties.

Bring Up Nebraska/Community Response

Grant for development of collaborative capacity, the prevention system, and parent child interaction as related to community context, followed by ongoing support for the resulting community prevention system.

Rooted in Relationships

Nebraska Children has provided grant funds, ongoing training, planning facilitation and implementation support for a community-owned initiative to improve the social-emotional outcomes of the area’s children, from birth to age 8.

Beyond School Bells

Think Make Create mobile makerspace

Behavioral Health System of Care

Past Nebraska Children and Families Foundation Grants:

  • Siouxland Human Investment Partnership
  • Sioux City School-Community Partnership designed to improve social and emotional well-being of children and families by enhancing school and community services. Strategies were created to address young children’s mental health and behavioral health needs, parent-child relationships, and kindergarten truancies. This program focused on the social /emotional development and school readiness of young children from birth to age 5.


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