Child Trends is the nation’s leading research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives of children and youth, especially those who are most vulnerable.  They work to ensure that all kids thrive by conducting independent research and partnering with practitioners and policymakers to apply that knowledge.  They believe that programs and policies that serve children are most effective when they are informed by data and evidence and grounded in deep knowledge of child and youth development.  They cover issues concerning child welfare, early childhood education, families and parenting, health, juvenile justice, poverty and inequality, race equity, school health, social and emotional development, teen pregnancy/reproductive health, trauma, youth development (Child Trends, 2012).

They also have a Hispanic Institute which provides timely and insightful research-based information and guidance to improve outcomes for Latino children. A fast-growing and diverse segment of the U.S. population, Latinos now represent 16 percent of our nation’s population and 25 percent of children (Child Trends, 2012).

Child Trends has an Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC), which supports state policymakers’ development and use of coordinated state early care and education (ECE) data systems. The ECDC provides tools and resources to encourage data-driven state policy changes and provide a national forum to support the development and use of coordinated state ECE data systems (Child Trends, 2012).

I have learned from one of their resources Administrative Data on Federal Policies and Programs That Support Young Children with Disabilities.  This resource guide provides information for researchers about administrative data collected on federal policies and programs that (in whole or part) support young children with disabilities. They have links to data tables—detailed State-by-State statistics.  I learned that there are monthly childcare data reports that can be retrieved from a link on this website.

I found that they have data tables for different aspects such as – Average Monthly Percentages of Children by Racial Group, Average Monthly Percentages of Primary Language Spoken at Home, Average Monthly Percentages of Children with a Disability.  These data are recorded for each State, we can retrieve data in a more detailed fashion to the specific topic needed. 

I found data in February 2021 titled To Protect Children of Color, Leaders Must Understand and Address Environmental Racism. This post was addressing how Environmental racism occurs when policies and practices disproportionately expose Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color (BIPOC communities) to pollution and hazardous conditions in their homes, neighborhoods, places of work, and other parts of their lives (Laurore et al, 2021).  This data offers additional food for thought on the topic of changing demographics and diversity.


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