Metrics for Early Childhood: A National Scan
This report provides the results of a national scan of metrics used by early childhood systems and initiatives to assess the well-being of young children and their families. Along with a detailed list of all metrics scanned, the report includes observations about the state of early childhood data, an overview of common challenges, and recommendations about the most important opportunities to advance measurement and data use in the field of early childhood development and care.
Publish Date: 2018
Source: NICHQ and the Center for the Study of Social Policy
Support for this report was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
Providing Developmental Screenings and Services in Rural Communities
Families in rural communities across the country face unique barriers to supporting their children’s developmental health and well-being. Here, learn how community coalitions in Alaska are connecting families to needed supports and services, so more rural children can start school ready to succeed.
It Takes a Community to Save Babies
By partnering with community programs and organizations, public health initiatives can give families opportunities to learn about safe sleep from trusted members of their community who share their lived experience. Here, find six strategies for engaging community partners, maintaining that partnership, and collaborating to raise awareness.
Fathers: Powerful Allies for Maternal and Child Health
Supporting father engagement and involvement is a critical opportunity to improve children’s health outcomes in the decades to come, says NICHQ President and CEO Scott D. Berns. Here, he describes three strategies for supporting fathers as powerful allies in maternal and child health outcomes.
Improving Maternal and Child Health in the Face of the Opioid Epidemic
High rates of opioid use among pregnant women reflect an ongoing national epidemic. Here, two experts share why improving both short and long-term health outcomes starts by recognizing that this is a treatable chronic disease and providing comprehensive care for the mother-baby dyad.
Spreading Safe Sleep Messages Across Tennessee
The Tennessee Department of Health is implementing a multifaceted approach to teach families about safe sleep so all families can learn about safe sleep practices and more babies can sleep safely.
Pediatricians Partnering with Families: Three Ideas for Effective Partnerships
One of the most powerful partnerships for improving children’s health is the partnership between parents and pediatrics. When this partnership is successful, pediatric health professionals can support parents on multiple fronts—providing preventive care and explaining what parents can expect as their children grow, advising parents on how to support their child’s social and emotional development and, when necessary, connecting families with supportive services and resources. Find three strategies to enhance this partnership here.