State Data and Information

States and communities do not need to start from scratch in developing strategies to promote health equity and young children. In particular, states can use existing data sources to begin to identify the status of young children by race, poverty status, and other factors affecting healthy growth and development. The Learning Collaborative has developed several new data resources to support states in this work, as well as identifying and summarizing other useful databases.

Fifty State Chart Book

The Fifty State Chart Book: Dimensions of Diversity and the Young-Child Population draws upon diverse data sources to provide state-by-state data by race and ethnicity (and sometimes by poverty level) on 19 different child indicators which can be used to identify need and opportunity and with further demographic data on young children by race, language spoken in the home, and immigration status. The Fifty State Chart Book can be accessed in its entirety, by its individual indicators, and, through a searchable database, for individual state information and for comparing states with one another or the country as a whole.

State Demographic Information on Poverty, Race, and Immigration Status

In addition to the information provided in the Chart Book, the Learning Collaborative also has produced, from the American Community Survey, information that breaks down the young child population by both race and poverty status and that provides additional information on children by their immigration status.

Neighborhood Data on Child Poverty and Demographics

The Learning Collaborative’s report, Where Place Matters Most, shows that the nation’s poorest neighborhoods are rich in young children, often very racially segregated, and where a disproportionate number of children of color grow up.