Children and Families

December 28, 2014

Check out the fol­low­ing resource links for research and infor­ma­tion on poverty, chil­dren and families.

Kids Count, through the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion, pro­vides data, pol­icy rec­om­men­da­tions, and tools to advance sound poli­cies that ben­e­fit chil­dren and fam­i­lies. Resources include:

  • Early Read­ing Pro­fi­cien­cies in the US
  • The First Eight Years
  • Why Income Inequal­ity Hurts Kids and Families
  • A Col­lec­tion of Juve­nile Jus­tice Resources

National Cen­ter for Chil­dren in Poverty pro­vides data tools, state pro­files, topic areas, and news updates related to chil­dren and fam­i­lies. Resources include:

  • Basic Needs Bud­get Calculator
  • Young Child Risk Calculator
  • Fam­ily Resource Sim­u­la­tor (illus­trates the impact of “work sup­ports” on the bud­get of a hypo­thet­i­cal fam­ily to see how fam­ily resources and expenses change as earn­ings increase)
  • 50-State Demo­graph­ics Wiz­ard (cre­ates cus­tom tables of national and state-level sta­tis­tics about low-income or poor children)
  • 50-State Pol­icy Tracker (iden­ti­fy­ing pol­icy dimen­sions related to top­ics like child care, fam­ily leave, min­i­mum wage, and tax credits)

Child Trends con­ducts research and shares find­ings with prac­ti­tion­ers and pol­i­cy­mak­ers.  Their LINKS (Life­course Inter­ven­tions to Nur­ture Kids Suc­cess­fully) Syn­the­sis turns infor­ma­tion from their research data­base into fact sheets by three cat­e­gories: Pro­gram Pop­u­la­tion (e.g., Latino/Hispanic, Older Youth), Pro­gram Out­come (e.g., Socio-Emotional Dif­fi­cul­ties, Early Lan­guage and Lit­er­acy, Obe­sity) and Pro­gram Approach (e.g., Home Vis­it­ing, Par­ent Involve­ment, Sum­mer Learning).


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  • The training taught me to “manage what I have better and be more aware of the stress level it causes to not be able to meet ‘your’ needs.” (Poverty Awareness Training participant)