Improving the Odds for Young Children

Improving the Odds for Young Children provides a unique state-by-state picture of the population of young children and the choices each state makes about key policies that affect their health, development, and long-term success.  This project produces two online resources for policymakers, advocates, and others who work to strengthen state programs and policies for young children and their families.

  • Early Childhood Two-Generation State Policy Profiles show which state policies meet benchmarks favorable to the well-being of children and their families. The profiles spotlight policies that are key elements of a two-generation approach to supporting the well-being and life opportunities of young children and their parents in the areas of health, early care and education, and parenting and economic support. The profiles are regularly updated and can be used to assess and consider ways to strengthen current policy choices that can affect young children’s health, development and school readiness.
  • Young Child Risk Calculator (YCRC) provides state-specific information about young children who are at risk for poor school, health, and mental health outcomes due to family or life circumstances. The YCRC offers information about the number of children — ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, or under 9 years old — experiencing one or more risks, including having a teen parent, having a parent with limited education, experiencing residential mobility, and living in poverty or deep poverty.  The YCRC can be used to better understand the characteristics of vulnerable young children in each state and to consider strategies for supporting their healthy development.

Funded by Alliance for Early Success

Project Publications

For more information about Improving the Odds for Young Children, please contact:

Sheila Smith, PhD
National Center for Children in Poverty
215 West 125th Street, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10027
(646) 284-9643