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 >
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 >
How Prevalent are Family Risk Factors among Minnesota Children who Receive Medical Assistance (MA) or MinnesotaCare?
Minnesota Department of Human Services, April 2015, 32 pp.
More than 420,000 children (one-third of all the children in Minnesota) are enrolled in Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. The study looked at nearly 400,000 of these children who were living with a parent, many of whom were also enrolled in DHS safety net programs. more info >
Changing the Course for Infants and Toddlers: A Survey of State Child Welfare Policies and Initiatives
Zero to Three, Child Trends, September 2013, 67 pp.
Presents results of a survey of state child welfare agencies about the policies and practices that guide their work in addressing the needs of infants and toddlers who have been maltreated. more info >
U.S. Birth Rate Falls to a Record Low; Decline is Greatest among Immigrants
Pew Research Center, November 2012, 21 pp.
Looks at U.S. birth rate trends, with a specific focus on immigrants. 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 >
Adoption USA: A Chartbook Based on the 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, November 2009, 91 pp.
Information about the characteristics, adoption experiences, and well-being of adopted children and their families in the United States. 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 >
Improving children's health: Understanding children's health disparities and promising approaches to address them
Children's Defense Fund, June 2006, 85 pp.
Provides an overview of health disparities and determinants of health outcomes, specifically focusing on children's health. It includes data from the National Health Interview Survey, and strategies to reduce disparities. more info >
Early child development in social context : a chartbook
The Commonwealth Fund, September 2004, 115 pp.
A "chartbook containing more than thirty key indicators of development and health for children ages zero to six along with social factors in the family and neighborhood that affect these outcomes." Indicators fall under the following categories: socioemotional development, intellectual development, child health, family functioning, parental health, health care receipt, community/neighborhood factors, child care, and demographic factors. Each indicator includes: "Why is this important?," "What do the data show?," "Implications for policymakers and practitioners," and "Implications for parents." more info >
Supporting early childhood initiatives: Legislative strategies for everyday people
Finance Project, June 2003, 35 pp.
Strategies that can be used to inform policy makers of the importance of early childhood initiatives. more info >
Untapped potential? How states contract directly with providers to shore up child care choices for low-income families
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), April 2003, 7 pp.
"This policy brief offers a brief history of federal child care policy and a discussion of why voucher-only systems may not meet the needs of low-income families." It also describes results of a survey of child care state administrators who use contracts for child care assistance and provides recommendations for federal and state policymakers. more info >
Family and Community Engagement Tools
Provides tools to assess child development, program quality, and family and community engagement from the perspective of both family and community knowledge systems. more info >
National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)
Information, research, news, and events related to early childhood education. more info >
ERIC database (Education Resources Information Center)
Database of education research. more info >