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Osborne Appointed to Panel of Experts to Build National Agenda to Reduce Child Poverty in Half in 10 Years

April 27, 2017child welfare, early childhood, family instability, osborne


According to the U.S. Census, 19.7 percent of American children, or 14.5 million, lived in poverty in 2015. Children represented 23.1 percent of the total population in 2015 and 33.6 percent of the people in poverty.

To address these staggering statistics, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) has convened a committee of experts to provide recommendations for federal investment aimed at reducing the number of children living in poverty in the United States by half within 10 years. Dr. Cynthia Osborne, child and family policy scholar with The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, has been appointed to the NAS 12-member multidisciplinary committee.

Dr. Osborne is founder and director of the Child and Family Research Partnership, a rigorous academic research center, and also director of the Center for Health and Social Policy, the home of social policy for students, faculty, and alumni of the LBJ School.

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is a highly respected organization comprised of the country’s leading researchers that provides objective, science-based advice to federal legislators and policymakers on critical issues. Since its founding in 1863, the NAS taps “the energy and intellect of the nation’s critical thinkers” to provide nonpartisan, evidence-based guidance to decision makers in addressing policy challenges.

“I’m honored to be a part of this critical effort to aggressively reduce child poverty in our country,” said Dr. Cynthia Osborne. “Children are our greatest resource, but too many are mired in poverty and do not have the opportunities they deserve to reach their full potential. This committee is charged with identifying what we know works to move today’s children out of poverty, so that policymakers can determine how best to invest in our future.”

The five charges given to the Committee on Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years are highlighted below: (Click for the full descriptions)

  1. Briefly review and synthesize the available research on the macro- and micro-economic, health, and social costs of child poverty, with attention to linkages between child poverty and health, education, employment, crime, and child well-being.
  2. Briefly assess current international, federal, state, and local efforts to reduce child poverty.
  3. Identify policies and programs with the potential to help reduce child poverty and deep poverty (measured using the Supplemental Poverty Measure) by 50 percent within 10 years of the implementation of the policy approach.
  4. For the programs the committee identifies as having strong potential to reduce child poverty, the committee will provide analysis in a format that will allow federal policy makers to identify and assess potential combinations of policy investments that can best meet their policy objectives.
  5. Identify key, high-priority research gaps the filling of which would significantly advance the knowledge base for developing policies to reduce child poverty in the United States and assessing their impacts.



Please contact Wendy Gonzales at or 512-471-8921 if you would like additional information or to arrange an interview with Dr. Cynthia Osborne.

Original post: LBJ School of Public Affairs Center for Health and Social Policy

Director Cynthia Osborne Provides Expert Testimony on Capitol Hill on Fathers in Home Visiting

April 13, 2017early childhood, fathers, home visiting, osborne

On April 13, 2017 Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, provided expert testimony at a Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C. on the growing evidence of the importance of fathers in early childhood intervention home visiting programs. The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program is being considered for re-authorization by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

Home visiting programs have rapidly expanded across the country as an evidence-based policy choice for supporting families with young children. They provide structured visits by trained professionals and paraprofessionals to high-risk parents who are pregnant or have young children.

Fathers play a crucial role in child development, but historically, social programs aimed at poverty alleviation, health, and parenting have been geared almost exclusively toward mothers and children. For the last five years, Dr. Osborne has led the team at CFRP in conducting multiple evaluations of the MIECHV-funded Texas Home Visiting (THV) program, the largest program in the country, including two evaluations focused specifically on father involvement. Highlights of the findings:

  • Multiple barriers (e.g., work schedules) often prevent fathers from participating in home visits, but fathers engage with home visiting programs in other ways including attending other program activities, completing homework or practicing lessons with the mother and child, or asking mothers about the visit.
  • Fathers value home visiting programs and cite their child’s improved school readiness and health outcomes as being particularly important.
  • Program staff can be trained to increase father participation including specifically inviting fathers to visits and program events, and being flexible with the timing and location of home visits to accommodate fathers’ work schedules.
  • Father participation in home visiting programs is positively linked to family retention, which provides both parents increased opportunity to benefit from the program. Families in which fathers have participated in at least one home visit stay in the program over six months longer than families in which fathers never participate, controlling for family, program, and community factors.

Watch Dr. Osborne sharing expert testimony during the Congressional Briefing:

The Child and Family Research Partnership is an independent, nonpartisan research center at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin which is dedicated to strengthening families and enhancing public policy through rigorous research. Click for more on CFRP’s Home Visiting and Fatherhood research.

To arrange an interview with Dr. Osborne, please contact Wendy Gonzales at or 512-471-8921.

Child Care Quality, Minimum Ratio Standards, and Children’s Safety

March 26, 2017child care, early childhood

A key indicator of the quality of child care centers is the child to caregiver ratio – the maximum number of children that one caregiver can be responsible for in a child care setting.


In Texas, ratio standards are established based on the age of children. For example, as shown in Table 1, for a group of two-year-old children, the maximum number that one caregiver may supervise is 11 children. If the number of children in the group exceeds that maximum, then the ratio standard has been violated.

Analysis of ratio data can help inform whether the State’s minimum ratio standards are adequate at keeping children safe.

Currently, the Child Care Licensing (CLL) division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services annually collects data and reports only if a child care center has violated the required ratio standard. However in June 2016, Collaborative for Children, Children’s Learning Institute, and the Child and Family Research Partnership worked with CLL to collect actual ratio data to understand the impact of child care ratios on child safety.

Preliminary analyses of the ratio data collected for the study show that when ALL classrooms in child care settings are better than the minimum standard, children are safer. Findings include:

  • Centers with ratios better than the minimum standard are significantly more likely to have zero supervision deficiencies and zero reports of serious or critical injuries.
  • Centers with ratios better than the minimum standard have significantly fewer serious incident reports on average, with centers who met or violated minimum standards having nearly twice the number of serious incident reports.
  • Centers with zero ratio violations have significantly fewer supervision deficiencies and fewer incident reports compared to centers with at least one ratio citation. Centers with at least one ratio citation have twice as many supervision deficiencies and about 80 percent more serious incident reports than do centers with zero ratio citations. See Figure 1.


These findings, though preliminary, suggest an important link between classroom ratios and children’s safety in child care centers. Additional data are necessary to fully support the link and to determine the ideal ratio; the ongoing collection of ratio data during licensing inspections is recommended.

For more about the study, see CFRP Policy Brief Child Care Ratios in Texas and Children’s Safety (B.025.0117).

Osborne Paper “Home Visiting Program: Four Evidence-Based Lessons for Policymakers”

February 8, 2017early childhood, home visiting, osborne

Federal and state policymakers and philanthropies are increasingly emphasizing the use of evidence to drive policy decisions. One of the areas in the forefront of evidence-based policymaking is early childhood intervention strategy, home visiting.

As lead evaluator of the Texas Home Visiting (THV) program, the largest home visiting program in the country, serving over 6,500 families in 13 diverse communities across the state, Dr. Osborne writes of the lessons learned and limits of “evidence-based” policymaking in Home Visiting Program: Four Evidence-Based Lessons for Policymakers.

Dr. Osborne and her paper are being recognized at the LBJ School of Public Affairs’ 2017 Innovation Bound annual celebration of the works of its distinguished faculty.

Dr. Cynthia Osborne is a policy professor at the The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs and the director of both the Center for Health and Social Policy and the Child and Family Research Partnership. She has extensive experience conducting long-term evaluations of state and national programs, with the aim of helping organizations understand what works and why, and how to ensure sustainable implementation of effective policies.

For more about our work on home visiting, go to


The full paper is available from the Behavioral Science & Policy Association


Home visiting programs (HVPs) aim to help low-income parents enhance their parenting skills and improve a host of early health and developmental outcomes for young children. Over the past five decades, numerous HVP models have been developed and implemented, albeit with modest or even null results, according to meta-analyses and comprehensive reviews. In 2010, in an effort to advance HVPs’ effectiveness, federal lawmakers vastly expanded funding for HVPs with certain caveats, one being the requirement that the majority of programs be evidence based. Although the new requirement is a policy win, this review presents four main areas that must be addressed and improved upon if this new funding effort is to maximize positive outcomes. Pointedly, HVPs should have built-in flexibility for states to match the specific or unique needs of a family to a program model that has demonstrated effectiveness in meeting those specific needs. Further, program developers should clearly demonstrate what it is specifically about their model that works, in what context, and for whom. Ultimately, not unlike personalized medicine, state policymakers should target delivery of the right HVP model to the right family at the right time.

Osborne Paper on the Impact of Shifting Family Dynamics on Child Wellbeing

January 5, 2017early childhood, family instability, News, osborne

CynthiaOsborne_cropwebThe increasing rates of divorce, remarriage, and single parenting over the past half-century have dramatically impacted the nature of family structure and child wellbeing.

CFRP director and LBJ professor Dr. Cynthia Osborne and her colleague Dr. Paula Fomby recent published Family Instability, Multipartner Fertility, and Behavior in Middle Childhood in the Journal of Marriage and Family addressing the complexities of family structure, specifically related to family instability, multipartner fertility, and child wellbeing.

Dr. Osborne is expert in social policy, poverty and inequality, family and child wellbeing, and family demography issues. For more on her work on family instability, click here.


The full paper is available at


Two concepts capture the dynamic and complex nature of contemporary family structure: family instability and multipartner fertility. Although these circumstances are likely to co-occur, their respective literatures have proceeded largely independently. The authors used data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a longitudinal birth cohort study including nearly 5,000 children born between 1998 and 2000 in hospitals in 20 U.S. cities, to consider these dimensions of dynamic family structure together, asking whether they independently predict children’s behavior problems at age 9. Frequent family instability was consistently predictive of higher predicted levels of behavior problems for children born to mothers who were unmarried, an association largely attenuated by factors related to family stress. Multipartner fertility was robustly related to self-reported delinquency and teacher-reported behavior problems among children born to mothers who were married.


  • Family structure transitions and multipartner fertility often co-occur: one in eight children born to parents who were married and almost one in two children born to parents who were unmarried in large U.S. cities experience both types of family change by age 9.
  • Family instability and multipartner fertility are associated with higher levels of behavioral problems in 9-year-old children, but the relationships vary across parents’ union status at birth.
  • Indicators of family context reflecting family stress theory diminished the observed association between family change and child behavior to a greater extent than did those related to family boundary ambiguity.
  • The magnitude of the association of family instability and multipartner fertility coefficients are similar for children born to mothers who were married or mothers who were unmarried, with the exception of the relationship between multipartner fertility and child-reported delinquency.

Evaluating the Impact of Pre-Kindergarten for 3 Year Olds

August 22, 2016early childhood, osborne, prek


Early childhood is a crucial period for healthy development. Children who experience a stimulating, lower-stress, and loving environment in their first five years typically have better social, cognitive, health, and economic outcomes throughout their lifespan. A key early indicator of future success is whether a child shows up to Kindergarten ready to learn; meaning by age five, the child has the necessary cognitive, developmental, and social-emotional skills that will allow the child to learn and reach her full potential. Unfortunately, children born to parents with lower levels of education or resources typically are less well prepared for school, and the gaps in outcomes that exist at school entry are mirrored throughout their schooling career and into adulthood.

A key policy lever to better prepare children, particularly disadvantaged children, for school is pre-Kindergarten (pre-K). Although the results are mixed, the research generally suggests that children who experience high-quality, center-based pre-K are better prepared for school than their counterparts who do not have pre-K. Several states have adopted universal or widespread public pre-K, in response to this evidence.


Austin Independent School District (AISD) is one of the first large school districts in the nation to push further and offer public pre-K to 3-year-olds (PK3). The hope is that two years of high-quality preK will better prepare students for Kindergarten than only one.

CFRP, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, CFRP director and Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, are evaluating the impact of the PK3 program for AISD.

The partnership will launch the first evaluation in the nation that will determine whether children who experience two years of public pre-K (at ages 3 and 4) are better prepared for Kindergarten than their counterparts who experience pre-K only at age 4.


Related Publications and Posts:

Title Type Date
What Do We Know About Pre-K? Brief 2015 October
Pre-K is Good for Kids and For Texas: Short-term Savings from Pre-K Estimated at Nearly $142 Million Annually Brief 2015 April
Early Lessons Learned from Building Local Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems in Texas (Journal of Applied Research on Children) Journal Volume 5 Issue 1 (2014)
Early Childhood Education is Linked to Greater Success in School News Post 2013 May
Full listing of CFRP Early Childhood publications Various Various







Pediatricians on the Frontlines of Poverty

March 10, 2016early childhood, home visiting, toxic_stress

When taking your child to the doctor for a well-child visit, the appointment normally includes a physical exam, checking your child’s growth and development, vaccinations, and asking your doctor any questions you may have. Now, the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) is recommending that doctors add another component to these visits: screening for poverty.

In 2014, 21.1 percent of children in the U.S. (under 18 years old) lived in poverty.[1] This number was even higher for young children under the age of five (23.8%).[2] Furthermore, 42.9 percent of all U.S. children were living “in households designated as poor, near poor, or low-income” (i.e., households with incomes up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Line).[3]

These families often struggle to make ends meet and may be just one crisis away from falling into poverty. An expansive body of research has identified the potential detrimental effects of poverty on children. As the new AAP policy statement highlights, poverty, especially early in life or as experienced for an extended period of time, is associated with increased risks of adverse health, developmental, and social and behavioral outcomes over the course of a child’s life.[3]

“The impact that poverty has on physiology in childhood is pervasive,” says Dr. Racine, chair of the AAP Poverty and Child Health Leadership Work Group

As a part of their effort to reduce poverty and its negative effects on child health, the AAP has made new recommendations for pediatricians that feature opportunities for policy advocacy and community practice, including (but not limited to):

  • Advocating for continued investment in evidence-based programs that assist both children and their families, including quality early childhood programs like home visiting, two-generation strategies, child and maternal health programs, and programs that address needs in community infrastructure, among others;
  • Creating a “medical home” in which medical team members understand the challenges faced by poor families and are “sensitive to the needs of families living in poverty;”
  • Screening for “risk factors within social determinants of health during patient encounters” by asking patients and family members if they have unmet basic needs;
  • Collaborating with and linking families to early interventions and community partners who can help address families’ needs; and
  • Identifying “family strengths and protective factors,” such as “cohesion, humor, support networks, skills, and spiritual and cultural beliefs,” to empower families to use these strengths to address problems. [3]

Given the share of children living in or near poverty, the AAP’s recommendations have the potential to help curb the negative effects of poverty in many children’s lives. A Washington Post article from earlier this week noted that a recent randomized controlled trial “showed that when clinicians screen for social determinants like unmet basic needs, their patients received more community resources than controls.”[4]

In publishing these recommendations, the AAP has taken an important step in recognizing the negative impacts of poverty on our society, and the important link a pediatrician is for a family to other resources and supports in their community.

Related Resources: CFRP Toxic Stress 101 Storify,  CFRP Toxic Stress infographic, Home Visiting in Texas 




  1. DeNavas-Walt, C. & Proctor, B. D. (2015). Income and poverty in the United States: 2014. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved from
  2. U.S. Census Bureau (2015). POV01. Age and sex of all people, family members and unrelated individuals iterated by income-to-poverty ratio and race. Retrieved from
  3. AAP Council on Community Pediatrics (2016). Poverty and child health in the United States. Pediatrics, 137(4), 1-14.
  4. Blakemore, E. (2016, March 9). Doctors should screen for poverty during child-wellness visits, American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. The Washington Post. Retrieved from


The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation

October 16, 2015cfrp, early childhood, events




The U.S. is a can-do nation. So why has child wellbeing in the U.S. fallen to 26th out of 29 nations? How does what Paul Kershaw calls the “growing squeeze” on parents and caregivers for time, money and resources alter the architecture of the developing brain of our infants? What are the potential consequences for individual learning, earning and mental and physical health? For the future health, prosperity and equity of the nation? And how might we do better? These are some of the questions that are explored in the signature episode of the five-part documentary series, The Raising of America.

CFRP hosted a screening of the powerful signature episode on October 15, 2015 at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, with special guest Dr. Libby Doggett. The RSVP list was impressive and ranged from education leaders from teachers to superintendents; staff and directors of high level non-profit organizations, state policymakers and program leaders; researchers and professors from multiple disciplines; and our future leaders, graduate students.

CFRP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne asked Dr. Libby Doggett about the challenges and successes our country has had in early childhood as well as what future policies may look like. Dr. Doggett then challenged each attendee to not just be inspired by what they saw in The Raising of America, but to take action.

Dr. Doggett asked what ideas the audience had to influence and spur change in how our country and society care for our children and families. Responses included stressing the importance of actually turning up to vote in local and state elections, especially by our younger generations; partnering with business leaders not just for funding but to influence at the policy level; and pushing education leaders to get active and involved in the legislative process.

We thank Dr. Doggett for all her amazing work and for inspiring us with her passion and skills to make real impact on family and education policy.

For more about The Raising of America, as well as related early childhood briefs and materials from the Child and Family Research Partnership, please see resource list below.

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New Brief: What Do We Know About Pre-K?

October 12, 2015early childhood, prek

Young kids listening to teacher

Growing evidence from evaluations of state and local public prekindergarten (pre-K) programs across the country have demonstrated that effective pre-K programs can improve child outcomes. Studies suggest that high-quality pre-K programs produce both short- and long-term benefits for children, such as improved kindergarten readiness, reduced rates of grade retention, and less participation in special education programs. Additionally, high-quality pre-K programs can contribute to narrowing the achievement gap through building increased academic skills among disadvantaged groups.

CFRP’s new policy brief, What Do We Know About Pre-K?, explores evidence from public pre-K programs around the country, providing insight into how the expansion of high-quality pre-K could benefit Texas kids and narrow achievement gaps in Texas.

Click for the full version of B.019.1015 | What Do We Know About Pre-K?.

Click for more about CFRP’s Early Childhood research.

TWEET THIS!: New @CFRPlbj Brief: What Do We Know About Pre-K? Look at the evidence


CFRP Event 10/15: Screening of “The Raising of America” with Special Guest Dr. Libby Doggett

September 3, 2015cfrp, early childhood

Raising of America with Libby Doggett

The University of Texas at Austin
The LBJ School of Public Affairs | Bass Lecture Hall
Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How might we, as a nation, do better? The Raising of America series investigates these questions through different lenses: What does science tell us about the enduring importance of early life experiences on the brain and body? What it is like to be a parent today? And what policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children. The series’ newest episode, the Signature Hour (trailer below), covers all three of these issues.

CFRP is hosting the screening of this hour-long, powerful documentary and is honored to have special guest and friend, Dr. Libby Doggett, lead a discussion after the program. Dr. Doggett is the current Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education and former Director of the Pew Home Visiting Campaign.

Doors open at 5:30 pm with casual dinner and refreshments served until 6:30pm. Screening begins at 6:30pm. The event is free but registration is required for catering purposes.


Trailer for the Signature Hour:


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The Top 5 Benefits of Home Visiting Programs

June 1, 20155-things-list, early childhood, home visiting

Home visiting programs provide structured visits by trained professionals and paraprofessionals to high-risk parents who are pregnant or have young children. These programs support families by providing health check-ups, screenings, referrals, parenting advice, and guidance with navigating other programs and services in their community. The programs also monitor progress on children’s developmental milestones. Quality home visiting programs help parents provide safe and supportive environments for their children, and over time, families and home visitors build strong relationships that lead to lasting benefits for the entire family. There are numerous benefits for participants of Home Visiting Programs – click to see The Top 5 Benefits of Home Visiting.

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New Brief: Short-term Savings Associated with Texas Pre-K Nearly $142 Million Per Year

April 29, 2015early childhood, prek


Recent analyses of data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) show that economically disadvantaged children who attended a Texas public prekindergarten program (Texas pre-K) are less likely to be retained or participate in special education programs in first, second, or third grades. CFRP compared rates of retention and special education services among economically disadvantaged first, second, and third graders who either attended Texas pre-K or did not, and examined the associated cost savings.  In the 2013-2014 school year, Texas spent $127 million less on special education programs and nearly $15 million less because fewer kids were retained. Add these savings to the mounting evidence that children who attend high quality prekindergarten programs have better academic outcomes, are less likely to drop out of high school, and are less likely to use public services compared to children who do not attend prekindergarten, and Texas pre-K is a program that has a substantial return on investment for Texas kids and the state.

Click here for the full brief: Pre-K is Good for Kids and For Texas: Short-term Savings from Pre-K Estimated at Nearly $142 Million Annually (B.016.0415).

TWEET THIS!: New @CFRPlbj Brief: Pre-K is Good for Kids, Good for Texas

TWEET THIS!: Short-term savings from Texas pre-K $142 million per year


CFRP at SRCD 2015

March 20, 2015cfrp, early childhood, home visiting

The Society for Research in Child Development is holding its biennial meeting this weekend in (not so sunny) Philadelphia. The event is an invaluable multidisciplinary forum for researchers to share and learn about the many facets of child development. CFRP’s Dr. Kaeley Bobbitt (Saturday) and Abby Lane (Friday) are there now presenting some great posters, and they would love to talk to you if you’re attending. Details are below.

Kaeley Bobbitt: From RCTs to the Real World: What Should be Expected when Taking Home Visiting Programs to Scale? 

Session: Sat., March 21, 12:30 to 1:45pm, Penn CC, 200 Level, Exhibit Hall A

Dr. Kaeley Bobbitt is a Senior Policy Associate at the Child and Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. Dr. Bobbitt will discuss the validity of using RCTs as the “evidence” in evidence-based home visiting programs.

Dr. Bobbitt earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests center around the development and well-being of children from low-income families. Outside of her graduate work, she has worked as a research assistant at the Yale Child Study Center and on the Texas KIDS COUNT project at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Dr. Bobbitt is CFRP’s lead researcher on the Texas Home Visiting Program Evaluation and the Estimation of the Cost of Raising Children in Texas projects.

Abby Lane: Early Stressful Life Events and Child Behavioral Outcomes in Fragile Families 

Session: Fri., March 20, 2:25 to 3:40pm, Penn CC, 200 Level, Exhibit Hall A

Abby Lane is a Ph.D. student at The Universityof Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Child and Family Research Partnership. Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, Ms. Lane will discuss the association between early occurrence of stressful life events (SLEs) and aggressive behavior for children at age 5.

Ms. Lane holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the George Washington University and a B.A. in political science from St. Olaf College. Prior to coming to UT, Abby worked as a policy fellow covering family economic security, education, and employment issues at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, DC. Abby currently assists with the Texas Home Visiting Program Evaluation project at CFRP.

KIDS COUNT: An Amazing Resource for Data About Kids

March 11, 2015data, demographics, early childhood, teens

CaptureLast week, CFRP faculty and staff attended the Center for Public Policy Priorities’ (CPPP) release of the 2015 State of Texas Children report. CPPP is home to the Texas KIDS COUNT Project, the state level site of the national KIDS COUNT effort funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

We’re fortunate to have such a great resource as CPPP right in our backyard in Austin. In addition to holding special events, they also provide access to several interactive, online data tools, including the national KIDS COUNT Data Center. The KIDS COUNT Data Center hosts data on children at both the state and county levels for over 50 indicators, including demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behavior.

CPPP’s 2015 report highlights some key data about children in Texas:

  • Capture3More than 7 million kids, or nearly 1 in 11 kids in the U.S., live in Texas.
  • 25 percent of Texas kids live in poverty, yet only 5 percent of Texas parents are unemployed.
  • Texas kids’ uninsured rate is the second highest in the nation. Only 1 out of 8 Texas children are insured.
  • 60 percent of Texas students are low-income (below 200% of poverty line).
  • For every dollar invested in Pre-K, Texas saves a minimum of $3.50.
  • 11 percent of babies in Texas were born to teen mothers. Texas has the highest rate of repeat births to teens.

For the summary report, full report, and video recording of the release event, go to the CPPP KIDS COUNT page.