Child Poverty Higher and More Persistent in Rural America
Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, February 2016, 8 pp.
This brief looks at the incidence of high child poverty over the past three decades and at the places where such high child poverty has persisted for all of those decade. It shows that the incidence of high child poverty is growing nationwide and that rural America includes a disproportionate share of children living in poverty. 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 >
Championing Early Childhood Policies that Prevent Social, Economic, and Educational Inequities
Wilder Research, May 2015, 8 pp.
In response to the 2015 Minnesota legislative debate focused on increasing access to early education, this brief proposes a new policy approach that would prevent opportunity and achievement gaps and social, economic, and educational inequities. 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 >
Infant Mortality Reduction Plan for Minnesota: Part I
Minnesota Department of Health, March 2015, 80 pp.
This baseline report is part one of Minnesota's infant mortality reduction plan. The plan contains infant mortality baseline data for the 2006-2010 period, and it outlines seven broad recommendations to achieve infant mortality reduction in the state by 2020. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
National Center for Children in Poverty
Research on preventing child poverty and improving the lives of low-income families. Includes poverty statistics and information on child care, welfare reform, and more. more info >