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Early Childhood State Policy Profile Update

See your state’s early care and education, health, and safety net policy choices.

Young Child Risk Calculator

Shows the number of young children in each state who are at-risk of poor outcomes

Basic Facts about Low-Income Children

Children under 18 Years, 2014

Our Work in the States

50-State Policy Tracker

How progressive is your state? NCCP's policy tracker looks at ten critical work supports:

  1. Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Subsidies
  2. Family and Medical Leave
  3. Income Tax Liability
  4. Minimum Wage Standards
  5. Public Health Insurance
  6. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  7. State Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit
  8. State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  9. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  10. Unemployment Insurance


Research Connections

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections promotes high-quality research and its use in policymaking by providing online access to thousands of:

  • Journal articles
  • Government reports
  • Research reviews
  • Policy briefs

Research Connections regularly highlights current policy and research developments in the field through its bi-weekly e-newsletter and on, and is the central access point for products developed by federally funded early care and education research workgroups. Research Connections also publishes its own:

  • Bibliographies
  • Research syntheses
  • Research-to-policy briefs

It supports new research by making available public access to child care and early education data, which can be downloaded or used online free of charge, and by conducting training on data analysis. Launched in 2004, Research Connections is a partnership of the National Center for Children in Poverty and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan, and is funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Half empty or half full? Latest census report paints a complicated picture of child poverty in America

Toward the end of every summer, the U.S. Census Bureau releases an updated set of statistics that, among other things, tells us who is poor in America. In recent years, the numbers have ticked upward or downward in such small increments that they presented a mixed assessment of whether families with children were gaining or losing economic ground. But last week, with the release of Current Population Survey, 2015 Annual Social and Economic Supplement, the Census Bureau made a range of announcements about our nation's poverty statistics that were more definitive and positive -- sort of.

Read the full blog post here.

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