Children's Voice Mar/Apr 2007

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Collecting Data on Parents

To craft effective solutions that build on the strengths of parents and address their needs, it is important to collect local information on parents. As part of its Creating Parenting-Rich Communities Initiative, CWLA has developed a parent data profile to help communities in this effort.

Following are examples of the types of data to include in a parent data profile. Though some of the data may be included in local reports on children and youth, collecting this information will likely involve contacting city, county, and state departments, as well as organizations that address the needs of adults. Two major sources of data include the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Survey of Children's Health.

Access a complete parent profile chart.

Parent/Family Factors
  • Two-parent households
  • Single-parent households
  • Parents under age 18
  • Families with foreign-born parents
  • Kinship care providers
  • Parents currently incarcerated
SocioEconomic Factors
  • Poverty rate
  • Unemployment rate
  • Median income
  • Families receiving general or emergency assistance
  • Families receiving WIC or food stamps
  • Children receiving reduced-price school lunches
Education
  • Parent's average education level
  • Literacy rate among parents
Safety/well-being
  • Prevalence of domestic violence
  • Foster care placements
  • Adult violent crime arrests
Health
  • Leading causes of death among adults
  • Parents with HIV/AIDS
  • Parents with alcohol or drug problems
  • Parents with mental illness
  • Infant mortality
Neighborhood
  • Affordability of housing
  • Homeownership
  • Homeless families



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