The Negative Effects of Instability on Child Development: A Research Synthesis
Urban Institute, September 2013, 57 pp.
This paper reviews and synthesizes research on five areas of instability: family income, parental employment, family structure, housing and the out-of-home contexts of school and child care. It also discusses some of the key pathways through which instability may affect child development and recommendations for policy and practice to alleviate instability's impact. more info >
Progress on Childhood Obesity: Many States Show Declines
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2013, 4 pp.
State-by-state look at changes in childhood obesity rates. Offers suggestions for ways state and local officials, parents, and others can address childhood obesity. more info >
Diverse Children: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in America's New Non-Majority Generation
Foundation for Child Development, July 2013, 37 pp.
This report examines the significant disparities in the education, economic well-being, and health of children in the U.S. based on their race-ethnicity and whether or not their parents are immigrants. It includes detailed policy recommendations for improving the lives and well-being of children, especially those most at risk. more info >
Kids Count Data Book: State Profiles of Child Well-being
Annie E. Casey Foundation, June 2013, 60 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 >
Overview of Adverse Child and Family Experiences among North Dakota Children
North Dakota Department of Health, May 2013, 2 pp.
Prevalence of adverse child or family experiences for North Dakota children. more info >
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 >
Blind Spot: The Impact of Missed Early Warning Signs on Children's Mental Health
Center for Children's Advocacy, March 2013, 24 pp.
This study analyzed school records in an effort to identify patterns that could be helpful in designing or strengthening identification and intervention strategies to reduce or prevent serious mental health issues in early adolescence. more info >
Bullying and Children in the Child Welfare System
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections, February 2013, 12 pp.
Provides an overview of the topic of bullying, as well as a guide to best practices and other resources for parents, caregivers and child welfare staff in addressing the issue. more info >
Record Number of Children Covered by Health Insurance in 2011
Carsey Institute, February 2013, 4 pp.
Using data from the 2008 through 2011 American Community Survey, this brief describes rates of children’s health insurance coverage nationally, by region, and place type (that is, rural, suburban, and central city). In addition, it details the composition of coverage in the United States, specifically the proportion of children covered by private and public insurance 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 >
North Dakota KIDS COUNT Fact Book
North Dakota KIDS COUNT, November 2012, 220 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 >
North Dakota five-year needs assessment (2011-2015) for the maternal and child health services Title V block grant program
North Dakota Department of Health, October 2012, 204 pp.
This report focuses on the health care needs of different population groups within North Dakota, including pregnant women, mothers and infants to age 1; children and adolescents; and children and youth with special health-care needs. It provides an overview of the state’s challenges and a description of the state's selected priority needs. more info >
Minnesota Kids Count data book
Annie E. Casey Foundation, August 2012, 52 pp.
Snapshot of data on 10 indicators of child well-being in Minnesota. The state is ranked on each indicator and compared to previous years. Data are also provided by region. more info >
Breastfeeding report card -- United States, 2012
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2012, 4 pp.
This report card provides both national and state-level data which enable communities to monitor breastfeeding progress. more info >
The state of America's children
Children's Defense Fund, July 2012, 185 pp.
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. Select "Annual Report" in the "Type" box to get to these reports. more info >
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 >
America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2012
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 >
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 >
Results-based public policy strategies for promoting children's social, emotional and behavioral health
Center for the Study of Social Policy, March 2012, 19 pp.
Presents three overarching policy strategies for ensuring that children's mental health needs are identified and addressed. The paper includes specific examples and ways to ensure and sustain success. more info >
The importance of play in promoting healthy child development and maintaining strong parent-child bond: Focus on children in poverty
American Academy of Pediatrics, December 2011, 12 pp.
Discusses the importance of play and addresses issues that may deprive children who live in poverty from gaining the maximum benefit from play. more info >
Children's Food Environment State Indicator Report, 2011
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, November 2011, 10 pp.
This report highlights selected behaviors, environments, and policies for each state that affect childhood obesity through support of healthy eating. more info >
School health profiles: Characteristics of health programs among secondary schools in selected U.S. sites
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, October 2011, 193 pp.
Summarizes results from a national survey measuring school health policies and practices. Profiles include information about health education, physical education, health services, healthy and safe school environment, and family and community involvement. Surveys are conducted every two years. 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 >
Dakota County Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative
Wilder Research, February 2011, 2 pp.
Dakota County Public Health Department was interested in developing strategies to provide effective health information materials to parents and caregivers of young children. Wilder Research staff conducted focus groups with parents and caregivers of young children to learn about key factors in childhood obesity prevention strategies, including eating healthy foods and developing healthy mealtime and exercise habits, communication preferences, and parent perceptions of childhood obesity. more info >
Minnesota student survey, 1992-2010 trends: Behaviors, attitudes and perceptions of Minnesota's 6th, 9th and 12th graders
Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services and Public Safety, December 2010, 52 pp.
This report identifies trends in the prevalence of behaviors and attitudes of young people, based on 21 years of data from the Minnesota Student Survey. It highlights key indicators across many areas of interest, including: academics and school connectedness, school safety and violence, mental health, ATOD, sexual behavior and family structure. more info >
Children, Adolescents, Substance Abuse, and the Media
American Academy of Pediatrics, October 2010, 9 pp.
Policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding youth substance use and the media. more info >
The Minnesota story: How advocates secured the first state law of its kind expanding children's access to dental care
Pew Center on the States, September 2010, 15 pp.
Describes how Minnesota passed a law to increase children's access to dental care. more info >
Uninsured children: Who are they and where do they live?
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute, August 2010, 193 pp.
This report uses data from the 2008 American Community Survey (ACS) to provide detailed state estimates of uninsured children, including uninsured rates for children with different demographic, socioeconomic and family characteristics in each state. more info >
Solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation
White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, May 2010, 124 pp.
This report is part of the “Let’s Move” initiative to fight childhood obesity. It details a coordinated strategy, identifies key benchmarks, and outlines an action plan to end the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. It presents a series of 70 specific recommendations, many of which can be implemented right away. more info >
State indicator report on physical activity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2010, 15 pp.
Includes state-level data about individual behaviors related to physical activity, as well as the presence or absence of physical features and policies that can make being physically active either easy or hard to do. more info >
America's future: Latino child well-being in numbers and trends
National Council of La Raza, April 2010, 38 pp.
This data book offers a comprehensive overview of the state of Latino children by integrating a range of key factors and outcomes in the areas of demography, citizenship, family structure, poverty, health, education, and juvenile justice. [For free view of report - Click on the document image in the middle of the page where it says "Open publication."] more info >
State indicator report on fruits and vegetables, 2009
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, January 2010, 8 pp.
Provides national and state-specific information on fruit and vegetable consumption and policy and environmental support within each state. more info >
Promoting healthy lifestyles: The impact of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Triple Play Program on healthy eating, exercise patterns, and developmental outcomes
Youth Development Strategies, August 2009, 21 pp.
Evaluation of a multi-faceted program for youth designed to demonstrate how eating smart, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. The study found improvements in nutrition knowledge, healthy eating and exercise habits, peer interactions, and club culture and structure. Positive outcomes were found across the range of clubs even though clubs used different approaches and served different populations. more info >
Reducing infant mortality
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 13 pp.
This KIDS COUNT Indicator Brief describes six strategies that are essential to any plan aimed at further reducing the infant mortality rate. more info >
Reducing the child death rate
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 12 pp.
This brief offers strategies to address both the larger socioeconomic forces and some of the specific hazards that threaten the well-being, even the lives, of children ages one to 14. more info >
Reducing the teen death rate
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 15 pp.
This brief offers broad strategies that address the underlying causes of the nation’s high teen mortality rates and the three leading causes of teen death—motor vehicle accidents, homicide, and suicide. more info >
MInnesota's Children 2009
Child Welfare League of America, January 2009, 7 pp.
Compiles state data on the status of children on indicators of child protection, health, child care, education, violence, and income support. more info >
Status of girls in Minnesota
Women's Foundation of Minnesota, April 2008, 68 pp.
Examines the economic, social, physical and psychological well-being of girls in Minnesota. Includes data and recommendations for policy change to improve the status of Minnesota's girls. more info >
High school and youth trends in drug abuse
National Institute on Drug Abuse, December 2007, 5 pp.
The goal of this survey is to study the extent of and beliefs about drug use among high school students. It collects data on past month, past year, and lifetime drug use and has been administered annually since 1975. more info >
Differences in adolescent risk factors by "place size": 2007 Minnesota Student Survey statewide data
Minnesota Department of Health, January 2007, 41 pp.
Uses Minnesota Student Survey data to analyze adolescent risk behaviors by the size of the place in which they live and go to school. 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 >
Growing Up Healthy in Minnesota
Wilder Research, March 2005, 12 pp.
Key results and lessons learned from Growing Up Healthy in Minnesota, an initiative of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to provide and increase awareness and access to preventive health and dental care. Outlines the methods, results, and learnings of nine organizations around the state that received grants. Focused particularly on the needs of immigrant communities and communities of color. more info >
Children's mental health: new developments in policy and programs
National Institute for Health Care Management, March 2005, 13 pp.
An action brief developed from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation forum that was focused on children's mental health issues held in May, 2004. more info >
Common psychosocial problems of school aged youth: developmental variations, problems, disorders and perspectives for prevention and treatment
UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools, November -0001, 250 pp.
Designed as a "desk reference aid," includes sections on labeling, environmental situations, and potentially stressful events; programs to address behavioral, emotional, and learning problems; frequently identified psychosocial problems; and a listing of resources, agencies, and organizations. more info >
2007 Minnesota Student Survey results
The Minnesota Student Survey is administered every three years to public school students in grades 6, 9, and 12. All public school districts in Minnesota were invited to participate. This study included information about school, use of time, family and relationships, risk factors, health and safety, and mental health. Available by county, region, or statewide results. more info >