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 >
Policies that strengthen fatherhood and family relationships: What do we know, and what do we need to know?
MDRC, April 2010, 45 pp.
Widening gaps in fathers’ involvement in parenting and in the quality and stability of parents’ relationships may reinforce disparities in outcomes for the next generation. This paper reviews evidence about the effectiveness of two strategies to strengthen fathers’ involvement and family relationships. more info >
Disparities in early learning and development: Lessons from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study - Birth Cohort (ECLS-B)
Child Trends, June 2009, 39 pp.
This study finds disparities between poor, at-risk children and more advantaged children as early as 9 months of age. It identifies low income and low maternal education as the factors most strongly associated with poorer cognitive, social-emotional, and health outcomes among very young children and also finds that the more risk factors a child has, the more profound the disparities. 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 >
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 >
Project thrive: Reducing disparities beginning in early childhood
National Center for Children in Poverty, July 2007, 8 pp.
Research about disparities with origins in early childhood and the role of state early childhood comprehensive systems in reducing disparities. 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 >