Data Roundup

Nov 25, 2009

By Teresa Lim

In the last several months, there have been releases of state and federal data in a variety of areas relevant to low-income children and their families:

  • CLASP's DataFinder: CLASP has compiled national and state-by-state data on young child demographics; young child poverty; Head Start/Early Head Start; and child care subsidy participation and spending.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau released updated information from the American Community Survey (ACS), which includes data on the demographic, social, and economic conditions of people across the nation. In addition, the Census Bureau has newly released 2008 poverty and income estimates for all school districts and counties in the U.S.
  • State Demographic and Early Childhood Profiles: The National Center for Children in Poverty recently updated its state demographic and early childhood profiles using the most currently available ACS data. The demographic profiles give an overview of the characteristics of low-income children and their families, while the early childhood profiles provide information on young children's participation in early care and education and health and nutrition, as well as recent early childhood policy developments.
  • Federal Spending on Children: First Focus released its annual review, Children's Budget 2009, of federal spending on children. The review provides a breakdown of federal expenditures on children by program and tax policy over the last four years. This year's report includes additional data on and analysis of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
  • The National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education released new ECLS-B data related to children's early care and education and kindergarten experiences. The Children Born in 2001 at Kindergarten Entry profiles a nationally representative sample of children at kindergarten entry and provides information on: child/family demographics; early literacy and math comprehension; fine motor skills; kindergarten participation; and child care arrangements during kindergarten year.

State and federal policymakers have ample resources and a wide range of data to consider when addressing early childhood policy. Using this information effectively can aid the development of policies that have a positive impact on young children and their families.

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