The State of America's Children
Children's Defense Fund, December 2021, 86 pp.
A compilation of national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, nutrition and housing. Report is compiled annually. more info >
State Preschool Yearbook
National Institute for Early Education Research, November 2020, 428 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 >
State of Black America
National Urban League, August 2020
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports. more info >
Young Child Risk Calculator
National Center for Children in Poverty, February 2020
State-level assessment of the prevalence of young children experiencing selected risk factors which can adversely affect health, school, and development outcomes. more info >
North Dakota Early Childhood Profile
National Center for Children in Poverty, February 2020
Part of a series of state profiles highlighting two-generation state policy choices that promote health, education, and strong families, presented with other data related to the well-being of young children. more info >
Preparing the Future Workforce: Early Care and Education Participation among Children of Immigrants
The Urban Institute, March 2019, 38 pp.
Children of immigrants will make up a critical share of our nation’s future workforce but are less likely than other children to participate in early education programs known to support school readiness and long-term productivity. This study describes the characteristics and enrollment of children of immigrants in early education programs. more info >
Universal Approaches to Promoting Healthy Development: The Future of Children Spring 2019
The Brookings Institution and Princeton University, March 2019, 270 pp.
Includes a variety of articles that look at how society can best support parents, beginning early in their children's lives, describing several ways that local communities have tried to provide such support by implementing new interventions, reforming existing systems of care, and improving the coordination and planning of services. more info >
North Dakota Early Learning Standards
North Dakota Department of Human Services, August 2018, 123 pp.
A resource for parents and early childhood educators that provides guidelines on a continuum of learning and development skills for young children age birth to five. more info >
Helping Children and Parents Succeed Together: An Update on the Dunbar Learning Complex
Annie E. Casey Foundation, October 2017, 24 pp.
This report discusses the Dunbar Learning Complex, a two-generation model which aims to create opportunities for low-income families to succeed. Early assessments show positive results, especially in preparing young children for kindergarten and in making sure their health needs are met. more info >
Kids Count Data Book: State Profiles of Child Well-being
Annie E. Casey Foundation, June 2017, 68 pp.
This annual report provides data on 10 indicators of child well-being, by state and for the U.S. States are ranked on each indicator and compared to previous years. more info >
The Long-term Impact of the Head Start Program
Brookings Institution, August 2016
Head Start, the large-scale federal preschool program, has been shown to improve post-preschool outcomes including high school completion and health outcomes. This analysis investigate the impact of Head Start on a new set of long-term outcomes, extending analyses further into adulthood and considering the effect of Head Start on participants’ children. more info >
North Dakota Head Start preschool by the numbers
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), March 2014, 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 >
2013 State of States' Early Childhood Data Systems
Early Childhood Data Collaborative, February 2014, 31 pp.
Findings from a survey of 50 states and the District of Columbia assessing state early childhood data systems with the goal of using coordinated data to improve program effectiveness and inform decisions. The survey focused on: states' ability to securely link child-level data across early childhood education programs; collect screening, assessment and kindergarten data to examine developmental status; and data governance structure. more info >
A Governor's Guide to Early Literacy: Getting All Students Reading by Third Grade
National Governors Association, October 2013, 48 pp.
Describes five policy actions that governors can take to ensure all children read at grade level by the end of third grade. more info >
Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners
Institute of Museum and Library Services, June 2013, 52 pp.
This report promotes the inclusion of libraries and museums as early learning resources and partners in creating comprehensive early learning strategies. 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 >
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 >
Education Commission of the States
Educational information covering early learning, K-12, and postsecondary. The issue sites include summaries of the facts, what states are doing, programs and practice, and sources of additional information on topics such as school readiness, assessment, at-risk students, charter schools, child abuse, educational attainment, mentoring, teaching, and many more. more info >
National Center for Children in Poverty
Research on preventing child poverty and improving the lives of low-income families. Includes poverty statistics and information on child care, welfare reform, and more. more info >