Carole Cochran is the Director of South Dakota KIDS COUNT. SD KIDS COUNT is one of fifty-three similar projects throughout the United States and its territories funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

SD KIDS COUNT compiles, analyzes and shares accurate, up-to-date statistics and research on child well-being indicators with people and policymakers statewide. Carole was appointed to the national Kids Count Steering Committee in 2014.