Research Library

The Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio understands that in order to be effective advocates for children, our work must be based on solid research and data. CDF-Ohio produces timely reports, data analyses, and policy briefs on a wide range of issues that affect Ohio’s children and families. As the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® project grantee, we are a leader in providing data and information on the well-being of children in Ohio.

CDF-OH Publications

CDF-Ohio produces publications on a wide range of policies and issues that affect Ohio’s children and families.

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KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S.

By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.  As the state-level grantee in Ohio, CDF-Ohio develops data-driven products that provide a local picture of child well-being.

Ohio’s KIDS COUNT Data Books


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Clear and accurate Census data is the life blood for a strong Ohio. But a series of vital policy decisions made this year could place Ohio’s communities at risk of an inaccurate census count, limiting their political power and federal funding for the next decade. Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio has released a four-part series of infographics, The Census Matters for Ohio Communities, detailing the impact of the census on Ohio’s communities and sharing information for local governments about the Census Bureau’s Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Operation


Recent Publications

The Census Matters_Feed Our Children

The Census Matters_Feed Our Children

November 10, 2017

Birth Equity - A Pathway Forward

A woman’s experiences have an incredible impact on her baby’s birth outcomes. The stress patterns and social and economic environments that she has endured throughout her life will largely contribute to the health of her baby. While major public health agencies are recognizing the value in viewing infant mortality in light of the life course perspective and social determinants of health, the majority of plans, strategies, and tactics employed to address birth equity and infant mortality focus solely on the nine months of pregnancy. This brief advocates for expanded efforts to address the relevant stressors and makes three recommendations based on existing research.

October 9, 2017

CHIP Letter to Congress

Letter sent to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on October 3, 2017, urging Congress to take immediate action to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and describing the impact of CHIP on Ohio children.

October 3, 2017

BCRA Implications on Infant Mortality for Ohio

This two page fact sheet explains how the Senate health reform bill - the Better Care Reconciliation Act, or BCRA - will harm Ohio's efforts to improve its infant mortality rate.

June 29, 2017

Medicaid Protects Ohio's Future

Medicaid keeps Ohio children healthy by providing a robust schedule of screenings, immunizations, and wellness care, ensuring that sick children and children with disabilities receive needed care, and supporting Ohio's economy and future workers. This infographic provides some information about Medicaid in Ohio and why Congress must not act to cut Medicaid funding via per capita caps as part of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

May 18, 2017

School Discipline Policies

This addendum to our 2012 report on Zero Tolerance policies in Ohio schools provides an updated look at school discipline data in Ohio schools and how it is negatively impacting the school to prison pipeline in Ohio.

May 1, 2017

Delivering Better Outcomes for Black Babies through Breastfeeding: Policy Brief

Better support for breastfeeding moms could lower Ohio’s infant mortality rate. Delivering Better Outcomes for Black Babies through Breastfeeding highlights the benefits of breastfeeding for vulnerable infants and provides recommendations for how Ohio could better support new moms – especially Black moms.

February 27, 2017

Infographic – Breastfeeding Facts and Summary

Fact sheet with infographics to accompany the policy brief, Delivering Better Outcomes for Black Babies through Breastfeeding.

February 27, 2017

Children and the ACA Resources

Sources and additional resources for the Children and the Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet.

January 27, 2017

Children and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Rushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without first presenting a replacement plan that protects all families and children from loss of coverage and benefits would be a disaster for Ohio children. Before Congress undoes the very significant gains we have made over the past six years, it must provide a comprehensive replacement plan that works for ALL children. This fact sheet lists 14 items that are part of the ACA and directly benefit Ohio children. These provisions must be part of any ACA replacement plan.

January 27, 2017

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