New Report Assesses National Data Sources on Child Development

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<p>Promoting young children's healthy development--including their social, emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being--is increasingly a focus of pediatric providers and child health policymakers. To aid their efforts, researchers at Child Trends have reviewed 26 national data sources on child development to inform the practitioner and policy communities.<br><br>The Fund-supported report, <a href="/cnlib/pub/enews_clickthrough.htm?enews_item_id=20664&return_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecmwf%2Eorg%2Fpublications%2Fpublications%5Fshow%2Ehtm%3Fdoc%5Fid%3D354865%26%23doc354865">Studying and Tracking Early Child Development from a Health Perspective: A Review of Available Data Sources,</a> shows how national surveys measure up in areas such as health, the receipt of health care, and socioemotional and intellectual development.<br><br>The authors' key recommendations for future data development include:<ul><li>Expand sources of federally collected state and local data covering early child health and development.</li><li>Expand the regular collection of data on the characteristics of neighborhoods where young children live.</li><li>Add developmental screening assessments for children under age 6 to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.</li><li>Include more details on the content of developmental screening and well-child visits in future longitudinal studies.</li></ul></p>