Data and Resources

The Early Childhood Hunger Imperative

Early childhood education must be the top priority for policymakers. Research is clear: Learning begins when a baby is born. Nurturing a baby’s brain with information is therefore very important. For a baby’s brain to develop, fuel is needed to build strong neuron connections. That fuel comes in part from good nutrition. Too many of Ohio’s babies are hungry and not receiving the fuel they need for their brains to reach their full potential.

January 28, 2016

Addressing Children's Trauma: A Toolkit for Schools

As a follow-up to our 2014 issue brief, Building Trauma-Informed Systems of Care for Children in Ohio, CDF-Ohio teamed up with Policy Matters Ohio to explore further how schools can implement (and in some cases, are implementing) trauma-informed care. This issue brief reviews how trauma impacts children's brain development, ability to learn, and behavior, and provides more detail about how schools can and should work to better serve students who experience trauma.

July 28, 2015

Achieving Educational Stability for Foster Youth in Ohio and the Impact of the Fostering Connections Legislation

Children placed in substitute care often face unique educational challenges. Not only are they forced to deal with the trauma resulting from abuse and neglect, they must also confront many other barriers to school success: removal from their homes, separation from their families and friends, and multiple placements into temporary homes and new school environments. This issue brief explores some of the barriers to educational stability that affect foster youth, provides an overview of recent legislation that addresses these challenges, and recommends specific changes to be made at both the state and federal levels.

November 1, 2011

Ohio & Kinship Care:The Challenge for Grandparents & Other Caregivers

Ohio & Kinship Care provides information on the status of grandparent caregivers in Ohio. Although a kinship caregiver can be a family member or close friend of the child, the information in this issue brief focuses on grandparent caregivers and the grandchildren in their care because this is the only population for which data is currently available.

August 20, 2007

Employer Toolkit: Healthy Start Healthy Families

December 30, 2006

Promising Practices: Ohio Covering Kids and Families

November 1, 2006