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Competitive grant proposals often survive or perish based on the quality of data they use. In the American context, among reliable sources of data for grants in Early Childhood Education are: the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, the Child Trends DataBank, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the National Center for Children in Poverty.

 

Child Statistics:

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics maintains ChildStats. The site provides data in the areas of family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.

 

Child Trends:

The Child Trends DataBank maintains current data on national trends and research 
on over 100 key indicators of child and youth wellbeing. Among its focuses are: indicators for life stages from pregnancy and childbirth through young adulthood; wellbeing indicators for behaviors, health and safety, and childcare and education; and context indicators such as demographics, family and community, and economic security.

 

In addition, the Annie E. Casey Foundation publishes the popular annual Kids Count Data Book. Its Kids Count Data Center also presents searchable data sorted by state as well as data across states, including data on child welfare, community environment, and economic wellbeing.

 

Child Poverty:

The National Center for Children in Poverty presents state-level data sorted by the issues of demographics, early childhood, adolescence, and family economic security. The site also offers other resources such as data tools, fact sheets, and research in thirteen topics.

 

This post is one in a series about sources of data for use in winning competitive grants. All links were current as of the date of posting.

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