Big Ideas for Children
First Focus, December 2022, 191 pp.
Part of a series calling upon policy thinkers to provide fresh proposals designed to advance federal policy and improve the health, safety, and well-being of children. more info >
Understanding Coping Strategies of Mothers with Low Income
Urban Institute, January 2022, 75 pp.
An exploratory study of the strategies that mothers with young children and few economic resources use to meet their caregiving and related needs. The report also examines the role of community-based organizations in supporting mothers and families and improving outcomes for children. more info >
Children in the States Factsheets
Children's Defense Fund, September 2021
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 >
Reviewing the Research Base from 1985-2020: Infant and Toddler Child Care and At-Risk Children’s School Readiness
University of Virginia, July 2021, 64 pp.
This report reviews research on infant and toddler child care conducted since roughly 1985, looking particularly at studies highlighting the roles subsidized care, child care quality, and different programmatic inputs can play in supporting the school readiness of young children considered to be at-risk for poor developmental outcomes. 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 >
North Dakota KIDS COUNT Fact Book
North Dakota KIDS COUNT, October 2019, 219 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 >
Does Child Care Capacity Meet the Needs of Working Parents in North Dakota?
North Dakota KIDS COUNT, December 2018, 2 pp.
Examines child care capacity and parental labor force participation in North Dakota. 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 >
Local Workforce Development Boards and Child Care: Insights from Five Site
Urban Institute, August 2018, 40 pp.
This report explores how workforce development programs can help address child care barriers and meet the needs of parents seeking education and training. more info >
Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, October 2017, 52 pp.
Presents the Race for Results Index, a collection of data presented by racial and ethnic groups and by state. Indicators address early childhood, academic achievement, teen parenting, higher education, and family characteristics. 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 >
Child Care Expenses Push Many Families Into Poverty
Carsey School of Public Policy, May 2017, 2 pp.
This fact sheet uses the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) to assess the extent to which child care expenses are pushing families with young children into poverty. more info >
Child Care Costs Exceed 10 Percent of Family Income for One in Four Families
Carsey School of Public Policy, November 2016, 6 pp.
This brief analyzes families’ child care expenses and identifies, among families children under age 6 who pay for child care, the share that are cost burdened by child care expenses. Findings are presented by number of children; age of youngest child; parental characteristics; family income measures; and U.S. region, metropolitan status, and state. 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 >
Immigrant Parents and Early Childhood Programs: Addressing Barriers of Literacy, Culture, and Systems Knolwedge
Migration Policy Institute, June 2014, 62 pp.
This report identifies the parent engagement needs of immigrant parents and strategies undertaken to address those needs. Includes demographic data for young children of immigrants. 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 >
Supporting Immigrant Families' Access to Prekindergarten
Urban Institute, March 2014, 37 pp.
Presents strategies for improving prekindergarten enrollment among immigrant families and English Language Learners. more info >
Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, January 2014, 120 pp.
Explores ways to improve the health of Americans by focusing on experiences in early childhood, opportunities that communities provide for people to make health choices, and the mission and incentives of health professionals and health care institutions. more info >
Child Care Subsidies Critical for Low-Income Families Amid Rising Child Care Expenses
Carsey School of Public Policy, 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 >
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 >
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 >
The State of Child Care in North Dakota: Data Reports
Presents data about child care in North Dakota, including needs, program types and capacity, and annual costs. Statewide and county data is compiled and revised annually. 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 >
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 >
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 >