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Below is our growing collection of research and data inspiring and informing our work. We have found many thought partners - local researchers, universities, worldwide publications, grantees - who are striving to improve the lives of families and we are excited to link to their important work.

What We've Found

California’s overall rate of child poverty is 25%, but regional and local rates range from 4-68%. Additionally, the variation in rates of child poverty between local areas, sometimes in close geographic proximity, outweighs regional differences.

Statewide risk factors for child poverty include being Latinx, or having...

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides vital information on a yearly basis about our nation and its people. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.

Through the ACS, we know more about jobs and...

Play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical wellbeing of children beginning in early childhood. It is a natural tool for children to develop resiliency as they learn to cooperate, overcome challenges, and negotiate with others. Play also allows children to be creative. It provides time for parents to be fully engaged...

Americans change residences frequently. Residential mobility can reflect positive changes in a family’s circumstances or be a symptom of instability and insecurity. Mobility may also change neighborhoods as a whole. To shed light on these challenges, this report uses a unique survey conducted for the Making Connections initiative. The first...

This paper reviews research on how nutrient deficiencies affect the developing brain during the prenatal period and early infancy. Nutrient deficiencies – e.g. inadequate protein or iron – have particularly strong effects during the final trimester of pregnancy and first few weeks of life. While the developing brain is resilient and often able...

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