Resources Outside of Libraries

Combining statistics with real-life stories is an effective way to deliver your advocacy message. Dedicated to education, literacy, children, and families, the following organizations and websites provide plenty of data and statistics to help you tell your story.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation strives to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children in the U.S.  The Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center offers hundreds of child well-being indicators with state-by-state access to general and specific content on children and youth. The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics is a collection of 22 federal government agencies involved in research and activities related to children and families. The mission of the Forum is to foster coordination and collaboration and to enhance and improve consistency in the collection and reporting of federal data on children and families. The Forum also aims to improve the reporting and dissemination of information on the status of children and families.

Child Welfare Information Gateway connects advocates with comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.  The Using Data to Improve Outcomes for Children, Youth and Families section provides researchers with general data on children as well as significant examples (for federal, state, and local levels) of measurement and assessment.

National Association for the Education of Young Children, Center for Applied Research offers the latest news and resources to help advocates forge connections between early childhood research, practice, and policy.

National Center for Education Statistics is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. The Fast Facts section of the website provides users with concise information on a range of educational issues, from early childhood to adult learning.

National Center for Families Learning provides statistics on reading, education, English language learners, and more.

ZERO TO THREE, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, includes National Baby Facts and State Baby Facts profiles as part of its Federal Policy and State & Community Policy subsections.