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Data Sources: Children and Families

Key Resources

Children and Families

  • Early Childhood Longitudinal Study
  • National Household Education Surveys (NHES)
    These surveys cover learning at all ages, from early childhood to school age to adulthood. Surveys include adult education (1991, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003), early childhood program participation (1991, 1995, 1999, 2001), and parent and family involvement in education (1996, 1999, 2003) among others.
  • Kids Count Data from the The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF)
    The AECF is a non-profit organization that works on behalf of disadvantaged children and collects data on benchmarks of child well-being.
  • National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
    The National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect at Cornell University focuses on the field of child maltreatment. NDACAN acquires microdata from leading researchers and national data collection efforts and makes the datasets available to the research community for secondary analysis. NOTE: Application must be made directly to NDACAN for permission to use the data.
  • National Survey of America's Families
    This surwey provides a comprehensive look at the well-being of children and adults, identifying differences among the 13 states which have been studied in depth: Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Sample of over 40,000 families per round.
  • National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH)
    This is a longitudinal population-based survey of families and households in the United States designed to look at the causes and consequences of changes in family and household structure. Three survey waves are available: Wave 1: 1987-1988; Wave 2: 1992-1994; Wave 3: 2001-2002. (Citation information for each wave is available on the survey's home page.)
  • National Survey of Family Growth (1973, 1976, 1982, 1988, 1995, 2002, 2006-2008)
    Women were asked questions about fertility and contraception, including contraceptive use and pregnancy histories, desired family size, and expectation of further children. The survey reports background information about the respondent and spouse such as education, religion, ethnic origin, occupation, and earnings.
  • The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study
    This study follows a birth cohort of mostly unwed parents and their children over a five-year period. The study was designed to provide information on unwed parents, as well as the effects of policies on family formation and child wellbeing.

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