Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and ManagementReturn to this website's homepageBrandeis University is a state-of-the-art research project designed to meet the urgent need for a national, integrated information source that helps us understand who our children are, what they need, and how to improve the opportunities available to them. The child population of the U.S. is increasingly racially and ethnically diverse, with just under half of the child population comprised of racial/ethnic minority children. Unfortunately, large racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequities stubbornly persist in the opportunities and conditions that allow children to thrive. Achieving equity requires that all children and their families have equitable access to supportive environments and resources in the settings where they live, learn, work and play. It also requires the eradication of unfair and avoidable systematic differences between groups of children that threaten opportunities for them to attain healthy development.  

In order to achieve a more equitable future for children in the U.S., offers the first comprehensive, equity-focused information system to monitor progress towards improved wellbeing for children of all racial/ethnic groups. In addition to hundreds of standard data indicators, includes unique indicators that highlight structural inequities, as well as policy equity analyses of programs designed to address disparities among vulnerable children. The website offers a unique, dedicated focus on race and ethnicity as well as child equity, and allows for analysis at up to 7 levels of geography--examining relevant issues at a national level, all the way down to the neighborhood level. Visitors to can query the database to create profile reports or rankings, explore maps of the new Child Opportunity Index, and read policy equity analyses. 

We gratefully acknowledge generous funding for from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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