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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Recent Publications

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 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

Children and the ACA Resources

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

January 27, 2017

Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action

It is a critical time for Appalachian Ohio. CDF-Ohio continues its long commitment to this region by presenting this report, Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action. The report provides a current snapshot of the well-being of children in Ohio’s Appalachian region, identifies and prioritizes current needs and makes long-term recommendations for policy, outreach, community action, and regional focus.

May 4, 2016

Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads Fact Sheet

Fact sheet with data highlights and recommendations from Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action.

May 4, 2016

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

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