Priority Populations

Trends in Infancy/Early Childhood and Middle Childhood Well-Being: 1994-2006

The Foundation for Child Development’s Special Focus Report, Trends in Infancy/Early Childhood and Middle Childhood Well-Being, 1994-2006, presents the first wide-ranging picture of how children in their first decade of life are faring the the U.S.  It is the first report to look comprehensively at the overall health, well-being, and quality of life of America’s youngest children — from birth through eleven years old, using the the Foundation’s Child Well-Being Index (CWI), and to track and compare child well-being across three primary stages of development — early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence.

See the April 24, 2008 Washington Post front page article.

The report was released on Friday, April 25, 2008, at the New America Foundation, 1630 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Featured speakers included:

  • Kenneth Land, John Franklin Crowell Professor of Sociology, Duke University; Developer of the CWI
  • Fasaha Traylor, Senior Program Officer, Foundation for Child Development
  • Sara Mead, Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation
  • Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus
  • Valerie Kaufmann, Coordinator, Early Learning Branch, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Lauren Ratner, Director, Family and Community Health, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • David Gray, Director, Workforce and Family Program, New America Foundation