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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 and Reach project describe indicators of early childhood development county by county.  The data includes 12 risk measures related to economy, health, and family stability, and identifies the reach in each county of eight publicly funded programs serving young children. 

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