• June 2011
  • Vol. 12, No. 5

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Young Child Risk Calculator

The National Center for Children in Poverty has created a data tool aimed at improving the lives of children under the age of 6 by informing policy about the prevalence of young children at risk for poor outcomes. Users answer a series of four short questions (State, income level, age range, and risk factors), and the Young Child Risk Calculator generates the percentage of children in the chosen State who are experiencing the chosen risk factors, may be living in a state of poverty, or are displaying both.

Risk factors include:

  • Households without English speakers
  • Large family
  • Low parental education
  • Residential mobility
  • Single Parent
  • Teen mother
  • Unemployed parents

A child who exhibits any of the risk factors is at risk of falling behind academically, physically, and developmentally. If the child's family is living at a level of poverty, this increases the chance that the child will be at risk of falling behind. Children experiencing both risk factors and economic hardship are considered to be "exceptionally vulnerable."

The Young Child Risk Calculator can be found on the National Center for Children in Poverty website:


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