Analyzing State Differences in Child Well-Being

Author: Bill O'Hare (Annie E. Casey Foundation), Mark Mather and Genevieve Dupuis (Population Research Bureau) / January 17, 2012

This report uses a broad quality-of-life measure based on 25 indicators of children’s well-being to examine differences in the welfare of children across the United States. The report takes advantage of new data that have become available in recent years to provide a richer index of child well-being at the state level.

This study combines two prominent research and publication streams that measure the well-being of U.S. children: The KIDS COUNT Project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Child Well-Being Index (CWI) published yearly by the Foundation for Child Development. The study combines the strength of the KIDS COUNT initiative, which focuses on state measures of child well-being, with the methodological expertise derived from the development of the CWI, to produce a new state-level version of the CWI.

For a summary of this report, please see Investing in Public Programs Matters: How State Policies Impact Children's Lives.