Key Themes: Reflections from the Child Indicators Projects. Use of Census 2000 and the American Community Survey for Indicators at the State and Local Levels

05/01/2002

by:
Cynthia M. Tauber, U.S. Census Bureau and University of Baltimore
Mairéad Reidy, Chapin Hall Center for Children

This short paper draws on the presentation made by Cynthia Tauber (U.S. Census Bureau and University of Baltimore at the Spring 2001 Child Indicators meeting on the use of the Census 2000 and the American Community Survey for child indicators at the state and local levels.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), with additional support from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Child Indicators project has aimed over the past 3 years to promote state efforts to develop and monitor indicators of health and well-being of children during this era of shifting policy. The fourteen participating states are Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia. Chapin Hall Center for Children provided technical assistance to grantees. Grantees typically exchanged knowledge and expertise through a series of technical assistance workshops coordinated by and held at Chapin Hall Center for Children. The workshops encouraged peer leadership and collaboration among states, and provided states with an opportunity to work with and learn from one another on areas of common interest.

  • The presentation provided an overview of Census 2000 and the American Community Survey and reviewed how these can be used to build child and family well-being indicators.