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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 >

Northside Achievement Zone
Wilder Research, April 2017
The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) is a collaboration of community organizations whose mission is to build a culture of achievement in North Minneapolis to assure all youth graduate from high school college-ready. The evaluation includes community surveys, year-end reports, and a prospective return on investment study.   more info >

Investing Early: Taking Stock of Outcomes and Economic Returns from Early Childhood Programs
Rand Corporation, January 2017, 323 pp.
This report examines a set of evaluations that meet criteria for scientific rigor and synthesizes their results to better understand the outcomes, costs, and benefits of early childhood programs. The authors focus on evaluations of 115 early childhood programs serving children or parents of children from the prenatal period to age 5.   more info >

Prenatal to Age 3 - A Comprehensive, Racially-Equitable Policy Plan for Universal Healthy Child Development
Wilder Research, September 2016, 16 pp.
Presents a policy plan that offers a fresh approach to early childhood policies that addresses the roots of racial equity. It is based on scientific literature, applied research, and analysis of population and economic trends and is informed by advice from more than 400 community members and early childhood stakeholders.   more info >

A Quiet Crisis: Minnesota's Child Care Shortage
Center for Rural Policy and Development, September 2016
Analyzes child care need and capacity by Minnesota region and discusses the implications of a child care shortage.   more info >

Minnesota Early Childhood Risk and Reach Report: Key Indicators of Early Childhood Development in Minnesota, County by County
Wilder Research, September 2015, 99 pp.
Presents indicators of risk to the healthy development of young children and the extent of coverage of publicly-funded services to meet their needs. Data are provided by Minnesota county.   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 >

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 >

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Presents state and national data on children's health. Indicators include: overall health status, asthma, socio-emotional difficulties, preventive health and dental care, early childhood experience, repetition of grade, reading, and attending religious services.   more info >

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