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 >
America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, October 2022, 33 pp.
Reports data on a set of indicators of child well-being. Indicators included are in the categories of family and social environment, economic categories, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This is an annual report. more info >
Kids Count Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being
Annie E. Casey Foundation, August 2022, 50 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 >
State of Black America
National Urban League, June 2022
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 >
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 >
Gaps in Coverage: A Look at Child Health Insurance Trends
Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families, November 2021, 10 pp.
The number of uninsured children was on a downward trajectory for many years, but in 2017 started going back up. This issue brief examines the incidence and characteristics of children who experienced a period of uninsurance over the course of a recent year, including by race and ethnicity, and examples some of the negative consequences of gaps in health insurance coverage. 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 >
Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to improve U.S. health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2021, 4 pp.
A analysis providing comprehensive estimates of the potential to improve Americans’ health by preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Preventing ACEs could potentially reduce chronic diseases, risky health behaviors, and socioeconomic challenges later in life. more info >
School health profiles: Characteristics of health programs among secondary schools in selected U.S. sites
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, December 2020, 209 pp.
Summarizes results from a national survey measuring school health policies and practices. Profiles include information about health education, physical education, health services, healthy and safe school environment, and family and community involvement. Surveys are conducted every two years. more info >
Breastfeeding report card -- United States, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2020, 4 pp.
This report card provides both national and state-level data which enable communities to monitor breastfeeding progress. 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 >
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 >
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2019, 162 pp.
National survey that monitors six categories of health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults (grades 9-12). The study addresses violence, tobacco and drug use, sexual behaviors, dietary behaviors, and physical activity. Includes state-by-state comparisons. more info >
The Effects Of Early Care And Education On Children’s Health
Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, April 2019, 6 pp.
Examines how early child care and education may lead to improvements in short-and long-term health-related outcomes for children. 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 >
Hunger in North Dakota 2018: A Report on the Charitable Food Network
Great Plains Food Bank, September 2018, 123 pp.
This is a comprehensive study of trends in food insecurity, and the household demographics, coping strategies, health status, and use of nutrition programs by individuals who have sought emergency food assistance in North Dakota. more info >
State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2018
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2018, 18 pp.
Provides national and state-specific information on fruit and vegetable consumption and policy and environmental support within each state. more info >
Health Insurance Coverage among Children Ages 3 and Younger and Their Parents: National and State Estimates
Urban Institute, January 2018, 44 pp.
Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), this brief finds that relatively few children ages 3 and younger were uninsured in 2015 nationally and in most states, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was associated with increased coverage among both young children and their parents. However, 13.2 percent of the parents of young children were uninsured, higher than among parents of older children. Furthermore, nearly half of children ages 3 and younger--and over a fifth of their parents--were covered by Medicaid/CHIP in 2015; therefore, Medicaid/CHIP policy changes would have outsize effects on these families. 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 >
Chartbook: Trends in Rural Children’s Health and Access to Care
South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, January 2017, 16 pp.
This chartbook looks at the health status of rural and urban children from 2003–2012. Due principally to expansions in Medicaid eligibility, the national proportion of children who lacked health insurance declined during that time. The chartbook focuses on the demographics of rural children, their financial access to care, reported use of care, and parentally-reported health status. more info >
Poverty and Child Health in the United States
American Academy of Pediatrics, April 2016, 16 pp.
Almost half of young children in the United States live in poverty or near poverty. Poverty and related social determinants of health can lead to adverse health outcomes in childhood and across the life course, negatively affecting physical health, socio-emotional development, and educational achievement. This report consists of a policy statement and a technical report describing current knowledge on child poverty and the mechanisms by which poverty influences the health and well-being of children. more info >
Many Eligible Children Don't Participate in School Nutrition Programs: Reauthorization Offers Opportunities to Improve
Carsey School of Public Policy, July 2015, 4 pp.
This brief uses data from the 2013 Current Population Survey's Food Security Supplement to document levels of participation in school nutrition programs by region and place type to identify areas of expansion. more info >
Building Healthy Schools: Health Impact Assessment on Planning School Construction Projects in Minnesota
Public Health Law Center, January 2015, 127 pp.
A health impact assessment of K-12 school design and its influence on student health. It provides analysis and recommendations on ways schools can influence health through school siting, transportation, nutrition, and physical activity. more info >
Protecting Children From Unhealthy Homes and Housing Instability
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, December 2014, 5 pp.
Discusses the impact on children from unhealthy homes and housing instability and provides examples of two programs addressing these issues. 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 >
Overview of Adverse Child and Family Experiences among North Dakota Children
North Dakota Department of Health, May 2013, 2 pp.
Prevalence of adverse child or family experiences for North Dakota children. more info >
Blind Spot: The Impact of Missed Early Warning Signs on Children's Mental Health
Center for Children's Advocacy, March 2013, 24 pp.
This study analyzed school records in an effort to identify patterns that could be helpful in designing or strengthening identification and intervention strategies to reduce or prevent serious mental health issues in early adolescence. more info >
Mental health disorders, Adolescent Health Highlight
Child Trends, January 2013, 10 pp.
Focuses on mental health disorders in adolescence. Includes prevalence rates, consequences and risk of mental disorders, treatment options, and barriers to accessing mental health care. more info >
Access to mental health care, Adolescent Health Highlight
Child Trends, January 2013, 5 pp.
Focuses on access to mental health care for adolescents. The report describes barriers to treating adolescent mental health disorders; discusses the connection between insurance status and access to mental health treatment; and explains funding for adolescent mental health services. more info >
Positive mental health: Resilience, Adolescent Health Highlight
Child Trends, January 2013, 6 pp.
Discusses resilience in adolescence, including the characteristics that are associated with resilience, program strategies that promote resilience, and resources on the topic. more info >
North Dakota five-year needs assessment (2011-2015) for the maternal and child health services Title V block grant program
North Dakota Department of Health, October 2012, 204 pp.
This report focuses on the health care needs of different population groups within North Dakota, including pregnant women, mothers and infants to age 1; children and adolescents; and children and youth with special health-care needs. It provides an overview of the state’s challenges and a description of the state's selected priority needs. more info >
Results-based public policy strategies for promoting children's social, emotional and behavioral health
Center for the Study of Social Policy, March 2012, 19 pp.
Presents three overarching policy strategies for ensuring that children's mental health needs are identified and addressed. The paper includes specific examples and ways to ensure and sustain success. 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 >
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 >
America's Children and the Environment
Presents national data on children's environmental health. Indicators cover conditions in the environment such as air pollution, contaminants measured in children such as blood lead levels, and health conditions such as asthma. more info >