Reports: Early childhood

Health Insurance Coverage among Children Ages 3 and Younger and Their Parents: National and State Estimates
Urban Institute, December 2017, 44 pp.
Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), this brief finds that relatively few children ages 3 and younger were uninsured in 2015 nationally and in most states, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was associated with increased coverage among both young children and their parents. However, 13.2 percent of the parents of young children were uninsured, higher than among parents of older children. Furthermore, nearly half of children ages 3 and younger--and over a fifth of their parents--were covered by Medicaid/CHIP in 2015; therefore, Medicaid/CHIP policy changes would have outsize effects on these families.   more info >

North Dakota KIDS COUNT Fact Book
North Dakota KIDS COUNT, October 2017, 219 pp.
Provides North Dakota state, region, and county-level data on child well-being, including demographics, family and community, economic well-being, education and early care, health, and safety and risky behaviors.   more info >

America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2017, 228 pp.
Reports data on a set of indicators of child well-being. Indicators included are in the categories of family and social environment, economic categories, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This is an annual report.   more info >

Kids Count Data Book: State Profiles of Child Well-being
Annie E. Casey Foundation, June 2017, 68 pp.
This annual report provides data on 10 indicators of child well-being, by state and for the U.S. States are ranked on each indicator and compared to previous years.   more info >

North Dakota Child Care Profile Data
Child Care Aware of North Dakota, September 2016, 1 pp.
Presents data about child care in North Dakota, including needs, program types and capacity and annual costs.   more info >

Growing Up Healthy: 10 Years of Grant-Making An Initiative of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota, July 2016, 42 pp.
This report summarizes the lessons learned from the Blue Cross Foundation’s Growing up Healthy ten-year program designed to work across sectors to create an environment to nurture the healthy growth and development of young children and families.   more info >

2015 Childhood Needs Assessment of Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota
North Dakota State University Center for Social Research, January 2016, 83 pp.
Presents demographic, child development, school readiness, and academic achievement data for children of Bismarck and Mandan. The report is in conjunction with the MSA United Way adoption of a Community Impact Model, a national movement across the United Way system.   more info >

Parenting in America
Pew Research Center, December 2015, 104 pp.
A new research survey on American families reveals stark parenting divides linked to economic circumstances and changing family structure. For lower-income parents, financial instability can limit their children's access to a safe environment and enrichment activities.   more info >

Children in the States Factsheets
Children's Defense Fund, October 2015
Fact sheets for each state that provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk.   more info >

High Quality Child Care is Out of Reach for Working Families
Economic Policy Institute, October 2015, 13 pp.
This paper uses a number of benchmarks to gauge the affordability of child care across the country, and compares child care costs to state minimum wages and public college tuition. Finally, to determine how child care costs differ by location and family composition, the paper reconstructs budgets for two-parent, two-child families in 10 locations to include the higher cost of infant care, compares these families' child care costs to those of families without infants, and compares costs for both family types with metro area median incomes.   more info >

Behind the Starting Line: Poverty Among Hispanic Infants
Carsey School of Public Policy, August 2015, 10 pp.
This issue brief discusses the impact of U.S.-born Hispanic infants on population growth. A disproportionate share of Hispanic infants start life at an economic disadvantage, threatening childhood development, later academic achievement, transitions into adulthood, and incorporation into the economic, social, and political mainstream.   more info >

Cradle to K Cabinet Plan to Address Early Childhood Disparities in Minneapolis
City of Minneapolis, May 2015, 42 pp.
Outlines a plan to improve achievement and lives of children of color by focusing on their early health and education. The focus is on children prenatal through age three. Goals areas outlined in the plan include a healthy start rich early experiences, stable housing, and high quality child care.   more info >

Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach
Annie E. Casey Foundation, November 2014, 16 pp.
A KIDS COUNT policy report makes the case for creating opportunity for families by addressing the needs of parents and their children simultaneously. Describes a new approach to reducing poverty, which calls for connecting low-income families with early childhood education, job training and other tools to achieve financial stability.   more info >

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, October 2014, 52 pp.
Presents the Race for Results Index, a collection of data presented by racial and ethnic groups and by state. Indicators address early childhood, academic achievement, teen parenting, higher education, and family characteristics.   more info >

The State of America's Children
Children's Defense Fund, January 2014
A compilation of national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, nutrition and housing. Report is compiled annually.   more info >

Teachers' Emotional Consistency Matters for Preschool Children
University of Virginia, January 2013, 2 pp.
This study looks at teachers' emotional support in classrooms and how it relates to children's outcomes in preschool and kindergarten.   more info >

U.S. Birth Rate Falls to a Record Low; Decline is Greatest among Immigrants
Pew Research Center, November 2012, 21 pp.
Looks at U.S. birth rate trends, with a specific focus on immigrants.   more info >

Improving school readiness: A brief report from the Palm Beach County Family Study
Chapin Hall, August 2012, 11 pp.
A longitudinal mixed-methods evaluation of Florida's Palm Beach County system of prevention and early intervention services. It looks at the factors that most affected children's development and school readiness, and concludes with recommendations for improving the service system.   more info >

African-American babies
Wilder Research, July 2012, 8 pp.
A 2011 report provides a snapshot of the status of African-American babies relative to other babies in St. Paul and Minneapolis. A 2012 report presents the results of community conversations about raising strong and healthy children.   more info >

Immigrant Children: The Future of Children Spring 2011
The Brookings Institution and Princeton University, March 2011, 270 pp.
Includes a variety of articles that look at the well-being of immigrant children and what can be done to improve their educational attainment, health, social and cognitive development, and long-term prospects for economic mobility.   more info >

Young Children of Immigrants: The Leading Edge of America's Future
The Urban Institute, August 2010, 14 pp.
Highlights information about children 0-8 growing up in immigrant families in the United States, including immigration trends, impact on schools, and parental and family characteristics.   more info >

Painting a brighter picture of infant and early childhood mental health in Greater Minnesota
Minnesota Thrive Initiative, January 2010, 16 pp.
Describes the collaborative efforts of several entities to strengthen local support networks to ensure the social and emotional well-being of children 0-5. The report includes six case studies from around Greater Minnesota and lessons learned through the project.   more info >

Reducing the High School Dropout Rate
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 16 pp.
This brief outlines strategies for reducing the dropout rate.   more info >

Disparities in infant mortality
Minnesota Department of Health, January 2009, 63 pp.
Describes the current status of infant mortality by race and ethnicity of mother in Minnesota. The report explores infant mortality rates using a variety of characteristics and factors that influence birth outcomes. It also discusses best and promising strategies to reduce infant mortality in Minnesota and targeted efforts to reduce infant mortality disparities by race/ethnicity.   more info >

Left Behind: North Dakota's Uninsured Children
Families USA, November 2008, 9 pp.
Examines Current Population Survey data on health insurance coverage.   more info >

Young Children of Substance Users: The Case for Alcohol and Other Drug Education
National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center, May 2005, 28 pp.
Newsletter focusing on young children of substance users, including information on risk and protective factors for addiction, reducing risk factors, and interventions.   more info >

School readiness: Closing racial and ethnic gaps
Princeton University, Brookings Institution, April 2005, 196 pp.
Discusses multiple factors that may contribute to racial/ethnic gaps in school readiness.   more info >

The health and well-being of young children of immigrants
Urban Institute, November 2003, 42 pp.
This report focuses on the health and well-being of young children under six in immigrant families. Sections include: immigration trends and impacts; poverty, family structure, and parents' work; risk factors for poor school performance; hardship and benefit use; health status and insurance coverage; and child care arrangements.   more info >

Web sites

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections
Promotes high-quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policy making. Includes reports, data, a database of instruments, information on policies, and links to other resources.   more info >

Child Welfare Information Gateway
The Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. It features data and resources on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption. Includes child welfare-related laws and policies, adoption agencies, support groups, and other information for each state.   more info >

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