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America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2013

Indicator Needed

Education

Regular, periodic data collections are needed to provide information on young children's cognitive, social, and emotional development.

  • Early childhood development. Although this report offers indicators of young children's exposure to reading and early childhood education, a regular source of data is needed to track the cognitive, emotional, and social skills of preschoolers and young children over time. Data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class (ECLS-K) (a periodic longitudinal study) have previously been showcased in the report: an assessment of 1998–1999 kindergartners' skills and knowledge, which was presented as a special feature in America's Children, 2000. The current special feature describes assessments of the knowledge and skills of kindergartners in 2010–2011. Building upon these and other efforts, the Forum's Research and Innovation committee continues its work to define and regularly measure the development of young children, particularly across the socioemotional domain. These findings will be presented to the Forum and will subsequently be available on the Childstats.gov Web site.