Child Trends develops and promotes indicators of child well-being used by researchers and policymakers to better understand children and youth and provide the means for assessing our shared accountability, as a nation, for their welfare. The Child Trends DataBank examines and monitors more than 100 indicators that focus on both risks and positive development for children. We also conduct in-depth reviews of subpopulations of children and youth – for example, children in adoptive families, infants and toddlers, and children in a particular region or jurisdiction.

For Venture Philanthropy Partners, Child Trends reported on the well-being of children and youth in the Washington, D.C. metro region.  Capital Kids: Shared Responsibility, Shared Future.

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Parents Behind Bars: What Happens to Their Children?

Oct 2015 | David Murphey; Mae Cooper

Children do not often figure in discussions of incarceration, but new research finds more than five million U.S. children have had at least one parent in prison at one time or another—about three times higher than earlier estimates that included only children with a parent currently incarcerated. This report uses the National Survey of Children’s Health to examine both the prevalence of parental incarceration and child outcomes associated with it.

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Michigan's Infants and Toddlers: Future Promise, or Missed Opportunities?

Aug 2015 | David Murphey

This report highlights demographics of infants and toddlers living in Michigan, with special focus on indicators of their health, and relationships with caregivers.

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California's Infants and Toddlers: Future Promise, or Missed Opportunities?

May 2015 | David Murphey; Mae Cooper

In 2050, the generation who are now California’s babies and toddlers will be leading the Golden State. This demographic profile of Californians ages zero through two highlights child care enrollment and subsidies.

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Child Indicator - Spring 2015

May 2015 | David Murphey

Since its beginning more than 35 years ago, Child Trends has been about indicators. Because they typically refer to population-wide measures, indicators are more inclusive than measures pertaining to individuals. They can inform initiatives concerned with promoting positive, and reducing negative, community-wide outcomes. The Child Trends Indicator is made possible through the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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