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

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

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

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

Reaching Ohio's Ethnic Minority Children

Ensuring that families of all ethnic backgrounds access the health care they need to be healthy is one of the most important things we can do for our nation’s children. This report takes a snapshot of the Asian, African, and Latino populations in Ohio, and makes culturally-competent, community-driven recommendations about how to better enroll ethnic minority children and ensure that they are using their health coverage.

August 3, 2015

ICHIA Fact Sheet - Immigrant Eligibility for Medicaid

In doing research for Reaching Ohio's Ethnic Minority Children, CDF-Ohio discovered that Ohio has adopted a provision that makes all lawfully-residing immigrant children and pregnant women in Ohio eligible for Medicaid coverage without the need to wait five years after entering the U.S., as other lawfully-residing immigrants must do. This eligibility change and what Medicaid covers are summarized in this short, two page flyer.

August 1, 2015

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

Preventing Seclusion and Restraint in Ohio's Schools

This issue brief explores the vast negative physical, psychological, and developmental consequences of seclusion and restraint on children, as well as the ways that seclusion and restraint destroy school culture and are often unfairly and arbitrarily used to target students of color and students with disabilities. Although Ohio has relatively new regulations intending to limit the use of seclusion and restraint in schools, the current policies are not sufficient to protect children. Preventing Seclusion and Restraint in Ohio's Schools, therefore, proposes alternative policies that would further limit the use of these aversive practices, with a goal of eliminating, or, at a minimum, reducing the use of seclusion and restraint in Ohio schools and better protecting all Ohio children from the profound harm that results from these practices.

February 1, 2015

2014 Ohio KIDS COUNT Data Book

September 8, 2014

Health Disparities Are Leaving Ohio's Rural Children Behind

Ohio's rural children face unique challenges arising from high levels of poverty in Appalachian counties and growing poverty rates in non-Appalachian rural counties. The health disparities that impact Ohio's rural children need urgent attention, and require unique solutions. This issue brief examines the health disparities impacting Ohio's rural children and makes recommendations so that Ohio policymakers can better address their needs.

August 1, 2014

Building Trauma-Informed Systems of Care

Exposure to trauma, such as community or domestic violence, abuse, an accident, or the loss of a parent, has a profound and negative impact on Ohio children. This issue brief explains how trauma impacts children’s physical, mental, behavioral, and emotional well-being, and is a significant risk factor for a host of bad outcomes for children, including alcohol and drug abuse, disease, disability, and social problems. The brief goes on to explain that children who have been traumatized need trauma-informed intervention and care to prevent a lifetime of health, learning, and behavioral issues. Finally, the brief lists recommendations for building broader, stronger, more integrated trauma-informed systems of care in Ohio’s schools, juvenile justice institutions, and other child-serving organizations.

January 15, 2014

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