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Children in the states factsheets
Children's Defense Fund, April 2013
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 >
America's children and the environment
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, January 2013, 504 pp.
Presents national data on children's environmental health. Indicators cover conditions in the environment such as air pollution, contaminants measured in children such as blood lead levels, and health conditions such as asthma. more info >
Mental health disorders, Adolescent Health Highlight
Child Trends, January 2013, 10 pp.
Focuses on mental health disorders in adolescence. Includes prevalence rates, consequences and risk of mental disorders, treatment options, and barriers to accessing mental health care. more info >
Access to mental health care, Adolescent Health Highlight
Child Trends, January 2013, 5 pp.
Focuses on access to mental health care for adolescents. The report describes barriers to treating adolescent mental health disorders; discusses the connection between insurance status and access to mental health treatment; and explains funding for adolescent mental health services. more info >
Positive mental health: Resilience, Adolescent Health Highlight
Child Trends, January 2013, 6 pp.
Discusses resilience in adolescence, including the characteristics that are associated with resilience, program strategies that promote resilience, and resources on the topic. more info >
Basic facts about low-income children
National Center for Children in Poverty, January 2013, 8 pp.
This annual report presents statistics on the number and characteristics of children living in low-income families in the United States. Reports are broken down into age ranges. more info >
Investing in the enterprise of youth: Youthprise and learning beyond the classroom
Youthprise, November 2012, 14 pp.
Outlines the importance of out-of-school time activities for youth and the challenges that need to be addressed in providing meaningful opportunities. more info >
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2012, 162 pp.
National survey that monitors six categories of health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults (grades 9-12). The study addresses violence, tobacco and drug use, sexual behaviors, dietary behaviors, and physical activity. Includes state-by-state comparisons. more info >
The effects of state EITC expansion on children's health
Carsey Institute, May 2012, 6 pp.
This brief examines the impact of state-level adoption of Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) on a set of health-related outcomes for children, including: health insurance coverage, use of preventive medical and dental care, and health status measures including maternal reports of child health and body mass index. more info >
Notorious to notable: The crucial role of the philanthropic community in transforming the juvenile justice system in Washington, D.C.
The Campaign for Youth Justice, December 2011, 36 pp.
Highlights the ways that the philanthropic community aided the transformation of Washington D.C.'s juvenile justice system. more info >
Seven ways to engage teens in civic problem-solving online
Citizens League, January 2011, 15 pp.
Suggestions from teens on civic engagement. more info >
Positive youth development so far: Core hypotheses and their implications for policy and practice
Search Institute, November 2006, 13 pp.
Discusses the definition of positive youth development and its movement from being primarily a field of practice toward having increased credibility in academic research institutions, more info >
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 >