Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation
Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
This groundbreaking study began in 1975 and is currently in its 36th year. The study looks at how people develop at different points in their lives and across diverse setting (e.g., school, home, social relationships) to understand factors that guide individual development toward good outcomes or poor outcomes. The current focus is on social relationship experiences.
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.
Championing Early Childhood Policies that Prevent Social, Economic, and Educational Inequities
Wilder Research, May 2015, 8 pp.
In response to the 2015 Minnesota legislative debate focused on increasing access to early education, this brief proposes a new policy approach that would prevent opportunity and achievement gaps and social, economic, and educational inequities.
How prevalent are family risk factors among Minnesota children who receive Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare?
Minnesota Department of Human Services, April 2015, 32 pages
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.
School Readiness Report Card
Wilder Research, October 2013, 44 pp.
The 2010 Minnesota Legislature directed Minnesota's Early Childhood Advisory Council to make recommendations on the creation and implementation of a statewide School Readiness Report Card to monitor the state's progress toward the goal of having all children ready for kindergarten by the year 2020. Reports describe the process used to develop report card indicators and measure progress toward the goal.
Adverse Childhood Experiences in Minnesota: Findings & Recommendations based on the 2011 Minnesota Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Minnesota Department of Health, January 2013, 39 pp.
This report marks the first time that the Minnesota Department of Health has collected data regarding the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the lifelong health and well-being of adults in Minnesota. For two decades, research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other states has demonstrated over and over again the powerful impact of ACEs on health, behavioral, and social problems. An extensive and growing body of research documents that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)--those causing toxic levels of stress or trauma before age 18--are specifically linked to poor physical and mental health, chronic disease, lower educational achievement, lower economic success, and impaired social success in adulthood.