Social work program to host Kids Count Coffee at AIRC

BEMIDJI, Minn. — In conjunction with the Minnesota Children’s Defense Fund, Bemidji State University’s social work program will be co-sponsoring the Kids Count Coffee on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 11:30 – 1 p.m. in the American Indian Resource Center on the BSU campus.

The MnCDF staff will be in Bemidji to share the results of the 2007 Kids Count providing an overview of children’s well-being issues in Minnesota, specifically in northern Minnesota and Beltrami County.

Minnesota KIDS COUNT provides county-by-county data on the well-being of Minnesota’s children and families. Minnesota KIDS COUNT releases periodic reports and an annual data book to provide a statistical profile of Minnesota’s children and suggestions for action on their behalf.

This year’s data book, Seven Basic Needs, focuses on needs that all children share, regardless of their age, race/ethnicity, family status, or which Minnesota community they live. The seven needs begin with the inner-most circles in a child’s life (family & caregivers, economic security, food & nutrition, and healthy development) and progress to areas outside of the family (early care & education, school-age care & education, and safe homes & communities).

Within these need areas, the MnCDF provides 115 data indicators of well-being, including 10 annual indicators and 5 featured indicators for family success. In addition, 40 of the indicators are available at the county-level, the most we have ever provided in a Minnesota KIDS COUNT data book. Through this year’s data book, the MnCDF hopes to emphasize the comprehensive nature of children’s well-being and generate discussion, support, and advocacy to meet all of the needs of Minnesota’s children.

Seven Basic Needs can be downloaded in PDF format at Hardcopies are also available by filling out and submitting a publications request form, which is also found on-line at

For more information on the KIDS COUNT Coffee, contact Mary Ann Reitmeir, associate professor of social work, at (218) 755-2835.

Oct. 10
– 11:30 – 1 p.m. – Bemidji State University social work program and Minnesota Children’s Defense Fund co-sponsor KIDS COUNT Coffee. Location: American Indian Resource Center, BSU campus; Admission: Free.