Here are a few of the sites we find helpful in our work. If you have a recommendation for a new link, let us know!
Federal Agency Sites
Research Centers and Organizations
Other Items of Interest
ChildStats – This is the official website of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. Through this page you can access data and research produced by a variety of government agencies, as well as the annually updated America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being produced by the Forum itself.
Education Resources Information Center – ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. It offers a huge database of journal and non-journal education literature covering over one million citations going back to 1966. Many of these articles and papers are available in full-text versions.
National Conference for State Legislatures – NCSL is your forum for advancing ideas in your home state, across other states, and on Capitol Hill; for promoting information-sharing, one-on-one and collectively; and for providing you with the knowledge and resources you need to get America’s ideas working.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service – NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.
National Dropout Prevention Center Library – Here you may search for abstracts and citations for thousands of journal articles and papers focusing on school success. No full-text option is available.
The National Collaboration for Youth – Now in its 4th decade, the National Collaboration for Youth (NCY) is the longest-standing coalition of national organizations committed to advocating with and on behalf of youth and, in particular, in research-driven “positive youth development”.
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges – The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is dedicated to serving the nation’s children and families by improving the courts of juvenile and family jurisdictions. On their website you can learn about their projects, educational initiatives, and conferences, and access many useful links.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Publications – Here you can access a complete list of OJJDP publications, from which you can link to full-text HTML and PDF documents, or narrow your search using the publications search page.
Promising Practices Network – The Promising Practices Network (PPN) web site highlights programs and practices that credible research indicates are effective in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. The information offered is organized around three major areas: Proven and promising programs, research in brief, and strengthening service delivery. Top of page
Kids Count Data Book – This site provides national and state-by-state data on ten key variables related to education, health, and economics among children. From this page you can download a complete copy of the data book, get specific tables, maps and graphs, or download raw data for your own analysis. Kids Count is a product of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
National Center for Education Statistics– The NCES is part of the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. It is the primary federal entity in charge of collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. From this site you can search NCES publications, learn about their surveys, and access education statistics through a number of formats.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Statistics Briefing Book – The OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book provides basic information on juvenile crime and victimization and on youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Data in the six topics (left menu) provide timely and reliable statistical answers to the most frequently asked questions of policymakers, the media, and the general public. Top of page
Administration for Children and Families – The ACF is a federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families. Actual services are provided by state, county, city and tribal governments, and public and private local agencies. ACF assists these organizations through funding, policy direction, and information services.
Department of Education – In 1980, the U.S. Department of Education was created by bringing together offices from several other departments. Its original directive remains its mission today — to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation.
Department of Health and Human Services – The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The department runs more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. A few that relate to children and families include immunization services, Medicaid, financial assistance and services for low-income families, improving maternal and infant health, Head Start, preventing child abuse and domestic violence, and substance abuse treatment and prevention.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention – Learn important information about OJJDP, including how it is organized, what legislation authorized its formation, how to contact staff members, and what resources are available for further information. Top of page
Achieve, Inc. – Achieve Inc. is an independent, bipartisan, non-profit organization created by governors and corporate leaders to help states raise academic standards, improve assessments and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people for post-secondary education, work and citizenship. Learn about Achieve’s four initiatives: benchmarking state graduation exams, the Diploma Project, the mathematics achievement partnership, and the public leadership initiative.