About Us

We are the leading research organization in the U.S. focused solely on improving the lives of children and youth.

We work to ensure that all children thrive.

Child Trends promotes the well-being of all children and youth through applied research that informs public policies, builds the evidence base for what works, and mines data to identify young people who are overlooked or ill served by public systems. Our research is known for its rigor and objectivity, making Child Trends a uniquely powerful and respected voice for children and youth.

Our expertise spans multiple fields, including early childhood, child welfare, school climate, reproductive health, family formation, juvenile justice, trauma, and youth development.

We set the national agenda on child well-being.

Policymakers and practitioners rely on our cutting-edge research, independent analyses, actionable recommendations, and clear communications.

Our deep knowledge of child and youth development shines through all our work. Our multidisciplinary staff of more than 100 experts—with backgrounds in psychology, sociology, demography, data science, public health, education—bring both passion and rigor to their work.

We employ established and innovative methodologies and data sources, and we value the lived experiences of the children, families, and communities we study.

We are all about impact.

For over 40 years, we have been the nation’s most respected source for research and data on children.

Our impact is wide-reaching:

  • Our groundbreaking data analyses garner national attention and are used by both federal and local policymakers.
  • We provide critical technical assistance to state agencies.
  • We testify before Congress and state legislators.
  • Our experts regularly inform the reporting of national, local, and trade media. 

If it affects children and youth, Child Trends is on it. 

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