Economy, health, and family stability all play key roles in a child’s healthy development.
The Risk and Reach project is the first attempt in Minnesota to describe indicators of early childhood development county by county. It reviews 12 risk measures in areas related to economy, health, and family stability. The project also identifies the reach in each county of eight publicly-funded programs serving the early learning, health, and basic needs of young children. Learn more about the project.
Every county is assigned to one of four risk categories for each risk measure (low, low-to-moderate, moderate-to-high, or high), and is given a composite risk score based on an average score across all measures. Every county also is assigned a reach category (low, low-to-moderate, moderate-to-high, high) for each program based on the proportion of children receiving that service. The reach of services is overlayed on a map of Minnesota showing each county’s composite risk score, allowing comparison of the need for services with their availability. Learn more about methodology.
No single risk factor determines a child's developmental trajectory. Rather, cumulative risk has been found to be the most predictive of adverse outcomes in childhood and across the lifespan. There is no threshold at which intervention is futile. The study found:
View risk measures and the reach of services for a specific county. Browse all counties or select below.
We sat down with Risk and Reach project directors Elizabeth Carlson, director of the University of Minnesota Harris Training Program, and Richard Chase, senior research manager at Wilder Research, to learn a little more about how this information can help guide service providers, government staff, legislators, and others.
Minnesota Early Childhood Risk and Reach was developed by the University of Minnesota (Harris Training Programs in the Center for Early Education and Development) and Wilder Research in partnership with the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services.
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