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Early Childhood and Children

A child's early years set the stage for future success.

Wilder Research provides a picture of how children and their families in Minnesota are faring, with a special focus on low-income families. Study examples include the state of children's health and well-being, child care use, and evaluations of the effectiveness of Minnesota's early childhood system to provide equitable access, opportunities, and outcomes.

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The Risk, Reach and Resilience project presents indicators of early childhood development in Minnesota at the county level. The resource includes: 

  • Data on 12 economic, family stability, and health measures of potential risks to the well being of young children
  • Coverage of 11 publicly funded programs serving the early learning, health, and basic needs of young children 
Photo of Risk and Reach web page on Minnesota Compass web site
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