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Children in the states factsheets
Children's Defense Fund, April 2013
Fact sheets for each state that provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk. more info >
Starting out right: Pre-k and kindergarten
The Center for Public Education, November 2011
To determine what combination of early childhood education programs has the greatest impact on student achievement, this report examined the combinations of pre-k and full- or half-day kindergarten. more info >
Early education reform blueprint
Minnesota Early Learning Foundation, October 2011, 20 pp.
Outlines the importance of school readiness, describes reforms found to be effective, and makes policy recommendations for improvement. The blueprint includes private and public sector to-do lists. more info >
Child care use in Minnesota, 2009
Wilder Research, November 2010, 88 pp.
Results from a statewide survey on child care use in Minnesota among households with children 12 and younger, including child care choices, availability, quality and affordability. The report also proposes recommendations to ensure that high quality, affordable child care is available for all families who need it. Similar surveys were completed in 1999 and 2004. more info >
Early learning left out: Building an early learning childhood system to secure America's future: 3rd edition
Voices for America's Children, November 2010, 79 pp.
Examines public investment in the education and development of children by child age. It focuses on the gap between what is currently invested and the need, focusing on early childhood. Data are provided by state. more info >
Ready, set, go! Why business should support early childhood education
Institute for a Competitive Workforce, September 2010, 43 pp.
This report focuses on early learning as an investment in workforce development by supporting policies that proffer high-quality, evidence-based learning programs. It provides promising practices of successful early childhood education initiatives throughout the country alongside a step-by-step guide businesses may use to support and invest in early childhood education in their communities. more info >
Racial/Ethnic Differences in Early-Life Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity, Pediatrics
Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, April 2010, 12 pp.
Looks at racial/ethnic differences in early-life risk factors for childhood obesity. more info >
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 >