This report describes a project undertaken in 1995 by the National Center for Children in Poverty to map State initiatives for young children and families and to develop a framework to track changes in initiatives over time. Thus, the Map and Track project was designed to determine the initiatives that States are undertaking to promote the healthy development of children. The report begins by identifying developments that make information about State initiatives for children and families timely; describing the types of State initiatives tracked by the project; outlining proxy indicators of risk factors affecting young children and families; and explaining data collection strategies. Following this is an overview of findings about State initiatives for young children and families. The report concludes with a chapter that presents State-by-State summaries of initiatives, investments, and risk factors as well as State-by-State descriptions of initiatives. Appendixes provide additional information on State initiatives and indicators of risk and State investment. 85 references and 6 figures.
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