Child Well-Being

Kids Count State Profiles


 If you want to improve conditions for children or families, native-born or immigrant, at risk or below the poverty line, this tool is invaluable. Kids Count profiles are provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which fosters community support for vulnerable children and families. It lets users do web-based searches for data within a single state or territory, and includes community-level data by location or topic. You can create profiles, maps, rankings, line graphs, or raw data to identify or confirm a program need. It allows you to compare conditions for children across states or the entire U.S., or to search by topic, e.g., immigrant children living in poverty in homes where no parents work, or teens aged 16 to 19 not in school and not high school graduates. Much information is collected from reliable sources such as the U.S, Census Bureau, but data are combined for you to identify children’s needs. The foundation also aggregates data from its state partners, and some key Information is published in data books. The site provides many pertinent good practice models, ideas, and case studies supported by its data.


National Center for Children in Poverty State Profiles

This suite of tools from the Mailman School of Health at Columbia University helps plan projects to improve the wellbeing of low-income children and their families. Tools include economic profiles for children; state-based policies that significantly affect children, adolescents, and family economics by state; an income needs calculator and state-by-state budget calculator; and a "wizard" that creates custom tables of national- and state-level statistics about low-income children. Data on areas of interest such as parental education, parental employment, marital status, and race/ethnicity—among many other variables—are included, and all are easy to use. Data are aggregated from multiple sources, with the goals of providing practitioners and advocates information about emerging challenges and insights for turning research into practice; giving policymakers information to make good decisions; and supplying facts, trends, and policy developments to help the media accurately report about the realities faced by low-income children and families in the U.S.


Child Health USA

This online version of the data book published by the Health Resources and Services Administration describes annual health status and service needs of America’s children in 2010 through non-copyrighted graphic and textual summaries of data about more than 50 health-related indicators. The site highlights emerging issues and trends among the U.S.’s increasingly diverse population of children and families and serves as a concise reference for policymakers and program managers. Sections include the health status of infants, children, and adolescents, as well as information about health services financing and service use. These are provided for each state and for many cities.

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