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2023 State of the Child Event to Focus the Latest Well-Being Data of Hoosier Youth

Indiana Statehouse kickoff event on March 15 will focus on Indiana Youth Institute’s 2023 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book with insight into the issues Hoosier youth are facing

INDIANAPOLIS (March 8, 2023) – State, federal, and local leaders and youth service providers will gather on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in the Indiana Statehouse to learn how Indiana children are doing across the categories of Family & Community, Health, Economic Well-Being, and Education. There will be an emphasis on data intersectionality, systematic disparities, and data-informed solutions for some of the most pressing issues facing Hoosier kids.

Indiana Youth Institute’s State of the Child is based on data from its 2023 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book. The 29th annual book presents the latest data on the well-being of Indiana’s children and youth. This year’s Data Book includes detailed state and county-level data broken out by age, gender, race and ethnicity, providing richer detail into how various groups of Hoosier children fare compared to their peers.

The State of the Child kickoff event is sponsored in part by the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana. The event will be held from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in Senate Chamber on the 3rd floor of the Indiana Statehouse and will feature a welcome from Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush, on behalf of Children’s Commission. A livestream of the presentation will also be available via the Senate Chamber video feed link. IYI President & CEO Tami Silverman will be available after the formal presentation for interviews.

What: 2023 Indiana State of the Child presentation & “Day of the Child” Proclamation

When: Wednesday, March 15, 2023, from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.; coffee and light breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Senate Chamber, 3rd floor, Indiana Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204


  • Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush on behalf of Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana
  • Tami Silverman, Indiana Youth Institute, President & CEO
  • Bri Youn, Indiana Youth Institute, Data & Research Manager
  • Taylor Johnson, Indiana Youth Institute, Policy & Data Advocacy Manager

A highlight of the Statehouse event is Governor Eric Holcomb has proclaimed March 15, 2023, the “Day of the Child” in Indiana. In the proclamation, Governor Holcomb recognizes that Indiana is home to 1.59 million children under the age of 18, and that “with awareness of children’s and families’ needs and strengths, all Hoosiers can play a part in ensuring the success and well-being of the next generation.”

Wednesday’s event kicks off IYI’s statewide State of the Child campaign, which includes more than a dozen in-person and virtual events this March – April to share the 2023 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book. A schedule of events can be found at iyi.org.

IYI’s 2023 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book as part of a national network of state-level projects coordinated and supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF). The data are compiled from national and statewide sources. Some data from this book also will be included in AECF’s national KIDS COUNT® Data Book, which provides state-by-state comparisons of child well-being and will be released this summer.

Indiana Youth Institute’s mission is to improve the lives of all Indiana children by strengthening and connecting the people, organizations, and communities that are focused on kids and youth. IYI is Indiana’s premier source for high-quality data on child well-being and data-informed action to challenges facing Hoosier children.



(NOTE TO MEDIA: To arrange an interview or find potential sources on youth-related topics, please contact Margaret Curtland, IYI’s Senior Communications Manager at mcurtland@iyi.org or 317-396-2733. The latest national-, state- and county-level KIDS COUNT® data are available online in the “Data & Research” section of www.iyi.org. IYI’s Data Team is available to help find youth-related data not listed on the site.)