Advancing the employment, earnings, and educational outcomes for the nation's adults and youth depends on improving their welfare as children, and understanding how to support generations of families and their success in the labor market.
Given the importance of data on childhood poverty and other risks, we are including here resources to assist you in a multi-generational approach to building a thriving labor force in your community.
Disadvantaged Youth Data
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) offers Data for Persons Defined as Disadvantaged Youth and Adults for 2011 through 2015.
A disadvantaged youth is defined as an individual 16 through 21 years of age who received an income, or is a member of a family that received a total family income that, in relation to family size, does not exceed the higher of the poverty line, or 70 percent of the Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL) issued by ETA annually.
Education and Justice System Data
Educational attainment data is equally important when planning the careers, skill improvement and job readiness of youth.
Also, preventing both youth from dropping out of school and youth from entering the justice system is critical for their future employment prospects.
To prevent the "school to prison pipeline," it becomes all the more critical that youth are not involved in early stages of their development with the justice system.
Research has shown that once youth become connected with the justice system, it is extremely difficult for them to steer their way clear of the justice system, and they often become repeat offenders.
Kids Count Data Center Indicators
Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count is another source for data on the well-being of child and families.
In their data center, you can access their many indicators, and search for data to create reports and charts support data-driven decisions about the families you serve.
Child Trends DataBank Indicators
The Child Trends DataBank includes more than 100 indicators that focus on the risks and stages of positive developments for children and youth.
Per the Child Trends website, "Indicators guide researchers and policymakers....indicators can inform a number of comprehensive initiatives concerned with promoting positive, and reducing negative, community-wide outcomes."
Research has shown that childhood poverty and disadvantaged neighborhoods have a lasting impact on the ability of youth to develop successfully and enter the labor force with their full potential.
In this context, urban planning and community development become lifelines for the talent development pipeline. Without ensuring some measure of prosperity to families, their offspring face greater barriers and challenges to entering and remaining successful in the labor force.