The following resources discuss child and youth well-being, including child, family, and community factors that impact well-being, as well as ways to improve well-being. Resources include State and local examples.
America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (2012)
Presents annual statistics on more than 40 indicators in domains such as family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.
America's Report Card 2012: Policy Recommendations
First Focus (2012)
Presents policy recommendations for improving five aspects of child well-being in the United States: economic security, early childhood, K-12 education, permanency and stability, and health and safety.
Analyzing State Differences in Child Well-Being
Foundation for Child Development, Annie E. Casey Foundation, & Population Reference Bureau (2012)
Lists child well-being indexes and compares States' results in areas including family economic well-being, health, safe/risky behavior, education attainment, community engagement, social relationships, and emotional/spiritual well-being.
Flourishing Children Project
Child Trends (2014)
Highlights the development of the Flourishing Children Project, a major initiative by Child Trends to develop rigorous national indicators of flourishing among children and youth for inclusion in national surveys, research studies, and program evaluations.
Focusing on Outcomes for Youth: Well-Being
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth
Discusses strategies to improve outcomes for runaway and homeless youth related to well-being, permanent connections, safety, and self-sufficiency. Several State and local efforts are described.
Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing
Waldfogel, Craigie, & Brooks-Gunn (2010)
Future of Children, 20(2)
Reviews research regarding outcomes for children born in married, unmarried, or single-parent households and the impact of parental resources, parental mental health, parental relationship quality, parenting quality, and father involvement on those outcomes.
The Physical and Psychological Well-Being of Immigrant Children
Perreira & Ornelas
Future of Children, 21(1), 2011
Discusses the link between physical health and the psychological and emotional well-being of children and youth, as well as the impact into adulthood and across generations. The article addresses how to improve access to health care for immigrant children and families to improve long-term outcomes.
Dartington Social Research Unit (2014)
An online international news publication reporting on innovation and effectiveness among programs for preventing or addressing impairments to children's health or development and to promote children's well-being.
Primary Health Partners – Promoting Children's Health and Resiliency: A Strengthening Families Approach (PDF - 166 KB)
Center for the Study of Social Policy & American Academy of Pediatrics (2013)
Informs pediatricians and other health care providers about Strengthening Families and provides concrete ideas about how they can support families to build protective factors. The brief touches on general family strengthening practices as well as specific action steps to take when children are exposed to trauma.
The Children's Plan
New York State Council on Children and Families
Presents an initiative involving child-serving agencies across the State to improve the well-being of children and youth by offering comprehensive, coordinated mental health prevention, early intervention, and treatment services.
How Are Vermont's Young Children? Second Edition (PDF - 6,963 KB)
Building Bright Futures Council (2014)
Analyzes statistics and information on the state of young child and family well-being in Vermont in 2014; includes promising practices and recommendations for improving neighborhoods and communities to better support a safe, healthy, and prosperous future for the State.
Nursing Notes/Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services & Child Welfare Nurse Specialists (2014)
A newsletter that provides helpful health-related information that child welfare nurse specialists can use to help the families they serve maintain a safe and positive home environment, ensuring safety, well-being, and permanency for the children.
Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences: Creating Hope for a Healthier Arizona (PDF - 1,250 KB)
Phoenix Children's Hospital (2014)
Defines Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), including the impact of ACEs on adults and children in Arizona, and makes specific recommendations for reducing ACEs by building stronger Arizona communities.
Public Investments Matter for Child Well-Being: Smart State Policy Can Change Lives (PDF - 2,325 KB)
Action for Children North Carolina (2012)
Discusses the relationship between child well-being and State and local tax rates and related revenues and proposes changes to increase funding for services that improve child and family access to health care and education.
Toddler Socioemotional Behavior in a Northern Plains Indian Tribe: Associations with Maternal Psychosocial Well-Being (PDF - 122 KB)
Frankel, Croy, Kubicek, Emde, Mitchell, & Spice (2013)
Infant Mental Health Journal,35(1) p. 10-20
Examines the impact of maternal risk factors, identified in previous research with non-American Indian populations, on the development of American Indian toddlers: maternal depression, negative social influences, and mother's feelings of isolation.
Washington State Child Well-Being Data Portal
Partners for Our Children (2014)
Provides up-to-date information, organized by the three main parts of the child welfare system: Investigations and Assessments, In-Home Services, and Out-of-Home Care, on the size and shape of Washington's child welfare system and information on child and family outcomes.