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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Care for Georgia's Infants and Toddlers: Boosting Young Children and Their Parents in the Peach State

Jan 2016 | David Murphey; Mae Cooper

A lack of high-quality early care puts children at risk for poor mental and physical health, behavior problems, school failure, and diminished quality of life into adulthood. How are the nearly 400,000 infants and toddlers in Georgia faring?

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Infants and Toddlers in the District of Columbia: A Statistical Look at Needs and Disparities

Dec 2015 | David Murphey; Mae Cooper

This report reviews the challenges facing the District’s youngest children and their families. We found wide disparities between neighborhoods in terms of development, education, health, and supports. This report was commissioned by the Bainum Family Foundation and produced by Child Trends.

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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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