"KIDS COUNT" is the annual make-work report for quasi-government beaurocrats who wish to remain employed via the never ending stream of government "investments". Problems can never, ever be truly solved, lest we lose the need for the beaurocrats. To paraphrase highway workers: "Don't kill the job." e.g. "It can be used when looking for data to back-up the need for increased funding to programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Head Start." That is, more funding for more beaurocrats to oversee more dependence, necessitating the need for more beaurocrats.
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