The Negative Effects of Instability on Child Development: A Research Synthesis
Urban Institute, September 2013, 57 pp.
This paper reviews and synthesizes research on five areas of instability: family income, parental employment, family structure, housing and the out-of-home contexts of school and child care. It also discusses some of the key pathways through which instability may affect child development and recommendations for policy and practice to alleviate instability's impact. more info >
Child Care Subsidies Critical for Low-Income Families Amid Rising Child Care Expenses
The Carsey Institute, May 2013, 6 pp.
The high cost of child care is a barrier to employment among low-income families with young children. Child care subsidies are designed to support both parental employment and child development by lowering the cost of child care and making high-quality child care affordable to low-income families. This policy brief compares the shares of income spent on child care in 2005 and 2011 using data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. more info >
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 >
Minnesota Head Start by the numbers
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), March 2013, 4 pp.
Presents Minnesota and national data on the types of Head Start programs, as well as participant, family, and staff characteristics. The fact sheet is based on Program Information Report (PIR) data, which all Head Start programs are required to complete annually. more info >
North Dakota Head Start by the numbers
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), March 2013, 4 pp.
Presents North Dakota and national data on the types of Head Start programs, as well as participant, family, and staff characteristics. The fact sheet is based on Program Information Report (PIR) data, which all Head Start programs are required to complete annually. more info >
Teachers' Emotional Consistency Matters for Preschool Children
University of Virginia, January 2013, 2 pp.
This study looks at teachers' emotional support in classrooms and how it relates to children's outcomes in preschool and kindergarten. more info >
North Dakota KIDS COUNT Fact Book
North Dakota KIDS COUNT, November 2012, 220 pp.
Provides North Dakota state, region, and county-level data on child well-being, including demographics, family and community, economic well-being, education and early care, health, and safety and risky behaviors. more info >
Minnesota Kids Count data book
Annie E. Casey Foundation, August 2012, 52 pp.
Snapshot of data on 10 indicators of child well-being in Minnesota. The state is ranked on each indicator and compared to previous years. Data are also provided by region. more info >
A Count for quality: Child care center directors on rating and improvement systems
National Women's Law Center and CLASP, February 2012, 40 pp.
Discusses child care center directors' perspectives on Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and offers recommendations for strengthening these systems so that they better help families access high-quality care. more info >
State preschool yearbook
National Institute for Early Education Research, November 2011, 240 pp.
Annual report profiling state-funded pre-kindergarten programs in the United States. Individual state profiles include a description of prekindergarten initiatives, followed by data about access, quality and spending. 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 >
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 >
Big ideas: Game-changers for children
First Focus, September 2010, 150 pp.
In an effort to generate new and innovative ideas to improve child well-being in the United States, First Focus called upon policy thinkers to provide game-changing proposals designed to advance federal children's policy. more info >
Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative
Wilder Research, August 2010, 16 pp.
In 2003, the Minnesota Initiative Foundations launched the Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative. Since 2003, the Initiative has grown to include 86 local early childhood coalitions covering over 200 greater Minnesota communities. The reports identify model strategies used to address the well-being of young children and describe and assess findings from a survey on the perceived impacts and improvements in early childhood practice, programs, and policies in communities with Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative coalitions. more info >
North Dakota Early Learning Guidelines, Ages 3 through 5
North Dakota Department of Human Services, February 2010, 66 pp.
A resource for parents and early childhood educators that provides guidelines on the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that young children need prior to starting first grade and for ensuring a successful transition into kindergarten. more info >
The state of child care facilities in North Dakota
First Children's Finance, January 2010, 24 pp.
An assessment of North Dakota child care center facilities. Includes a profile of participating centers and center needs for building and playground improvements. more info >
The lost decade: Taking a closer look at Minnesota's public investments in the 2000s
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, December 2008, 36 pp.
This report looks at the status of Minnesota's investments in four areas of the budget that significantly impact the well-being of Minnesota families and are important for ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to succeed: early childhood through grade 12 education, higher education, child care assistance, and affordable housing and homelessness prevention. more info >
Breaking the piggy bank: parents and the high price of child care
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, October 2007, 42 pp.
Presents data on child care prices and highlights the difficulties working families in the United States face in paying for child care. Also recommends steps that states and the federal government should take to improve the affordability of care. more info >
Missed opportunities still produce costly outcomes
Children's Defense Fund Minnesota - Child Care Works, June 2006, 8 pp.
This report focuses on Minnesota's Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which provides low-income working families with financial assistance to access early care and education for their children. It looks at the impact of changes that have been made to the program and makes recommendations for future policy-making. more info >
Child care use in Minnesota, 2004
Wilder Research, June 2006, 26 pp.
Results of a statewide survey describing child care use in Minnesota among households with children age 12 and younger, including child care choices, availability, quality and affordability. more info >
Early childhood interventions: Proven results, future promise
RAND, December 2005, 201 pp.
A review and synthesis of research that addresses the potential for various forms of early childhood intervention to improve outcomes for participating children and their families. more info >
The health and well-being of young children of immigrants
Urban Institute, November 2003, 42 pp.
This report focuses on the health and well-being of young children under six in immigrant families. Sections include: immigration trends and impacts; poverty, family structure, and parents' work; risk factors for poor school performance; hardship and benefit use; health status and insurance coverage; and child care arrangements. more info >
Meeting great expectations: Integrating early education program standards in child care
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), August 2003, 60 pp.
Reports on the importance of early education program standards in child care, the experiences of seven states, a case study on funding, and recommendations for policy and future research. more info >
Quality child care for infants and toddlers: Case studies of three community strategies, executive summary
Zero to Three, March 2003, 12 pp.
An in-depth study of three collaborative community initiatives and partnerships designed to improve low-income families' access to good-quality infant-toddler care. more info >
Getting help with child care expenses
The Urban Institute, February 2003, 39 pp.
Explores how much help employed families get with child care expenses and the types of help they receive. The analysis is based on a nationally representative 1999 survey from the National Survey of America's Families. more info >
Demonstrating effective child care quality improvement
FPG Child Development Institute, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, September 2002, 49 pp.
Key factors and strategies that partnerships have used to improve the number of high-quality child care programs in their area. From the Smart Start Evaluation Team. more info >
The economic rationale for investing in children: A focus on child care
Mathematica Policy Research, December 2001
Presents a summary of a conference that focused on the economic arguments for investing in quality child care. 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 >
Social programs that work
This site summarizes the findings from well-designed randomized controlled trials. It includes programs in the areas of early childhood, education, substance abuse and treatment, mental health, crime and violence prevention, employment and welfare, and more. more info >