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State Data

A good deal of data is available to states on disparities in young children’s healthy development – by race and ethnicity as well as socio-economic status. Here are reputable interactive websites where states can find data on the condition of families and children in their state or community. 


Kids Count Data Center

KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kids Count highlights data on child and family well-being in the U.S. The data center includes hundreds of indicators, which cover demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky factors. Data is downloadable and can be used to create reports and graphics on the KIDS COUNT Data Center that support smart decisions about children and families.

Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Heller School developed this searchable database that allows users to develop customized state tables and compare across states on different demographic, educational, health, and economic information broken out by race, including a wealth of birth data (low birthweight, infant mortality, adolescent births, etc.). Some trend data are available. The website also has a “child opportunity index” that provides composite information scale by census tract in metropolitan areas.

Latino Kids Data Explorer

This comprehensive searchable database by UnidosUS provides data on Latino children in the U.S. and allows users to compare Latino children with children from other races/ethnicities.It tracks 27 national- and state-level indicators of child well-being, including demographic, health, education, housing, income and juvenile justice variables. It also includes information on child immigration status and presence in linguistically isolated households. Data are shown by age group and income.

Child Trends DataBank

The Child Trends DataBank examines and monitors more than 100 indicators that focus on risks and positive developments for children. Each indicator summarizes what the research says about its importance to children’s development, track trends over time and by subgroup, and highlight strategies likely to improve well-being. Child Trends Data Bank provides links to state, local and international data. Estimates come from reliable sources including federal reports and websites.

National Survey of Children’s Health

This survey by the Data Resource Center for Children and Adolescent Health touches on multiple, intersecting aspects of children’s lives. The survey includes physical and mental health status and access to quality health care, as well as information on the child’s family, neighborhood and social context. The Data Resource Center offers data for the nation and each state plus DC. State and national data can be further broken down to assess differences by race/ethnicity, income, special health care needs status, child age and a variety of other important characteristics. 

National Center for Education Studies

This center is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. Located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, NCES offers a variety of online resources that help to paint a picture of our education system. NCES also houses research tools, including searchable data like the the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and Elementary/Secondary Information System (ESIS).

National Assessment of Educational Progress is the largest nationally representative and assessment of American students' academic performance. Assessments are conducted in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, U.S. history and in Technology and Engineering Literacy. Data show student proficiency in several areas and can be broken down by race/ethnicity, special education status, English language learner status, and free and reduced-price meal participation. NAEP results go back to 1992. NAEP conducts assessments in 4th, 8th and 11th grades; 4th grade information is most relevant to young children as a lagging indicator of school readiness.

Elementary/Secondary Information System has three searchable tables: quickFacts, expressTables, and tableGenerator. tableGenerator is the most comprehensive of the three and it can create custom tables for a state, district, or school on enrollment of children beginning in pre-kindergarten to secondary. Information can be broken down by race/ethnicity, gender, and children enrolled in special programs (English Language Learners, Limited Language Proficiency, and children eligible for free and reduced-price lunch).

American Community Survey

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a part of the U.S. Census Bureau. The full U.S. Census is done every ten years; the ACS is an ongoing survey that provides data on a yearly basis, giving communities the current information to plan investments and services. ACS asks demographic, health, income, education, disability, veteran status and employment questions. Information is used to help decide everything from school lunch programs to new hospitals. Data can be pulled out for states for one year or 5-year averages. 

Migration Policy Institute Data Hub

The Data Hub showcases the most current national and state-level demographic, social and economic facts about immigrants to the United States as well as stock, flow, citizenship, net migration, and historical data for countries in Europe, North America, and elsewhere the Data Hub also has data on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) nationally and in top states and counties. This data tool is broken down by age groups as well as the region of birth, gender and education level. 

Civil Rights Data Collection

The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) is a biennial survey by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR). CRDC began collecting data in 1968. OCR collects data on key education and civil rights issues in U.S. public schools, which informs its enforcement and monitoring efforts regarding equal educational opportunity. It's also a tool for other departments and federal agencies, policymakers and researchers, educators and school officials and the public to analyze student equity and opportunity.

CRDC also collects data on school-related disciplinary (suspensions/expulsions) actions for each state, which can be broken down by district and individual school, disability and gender. Note that CRDC does not have the rates of disciplinary actions by race. For those, you must go to two separate data sets: one for the numbers of children by different racial and ethnic categories and another for the enrollment of children and youth by those categories.

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