Children’s Health

The quality of children’s physical and emotional health, particularly during the earliest stages of development, can have a profound impact on their social and academic achievement, and on their health as adults and seniors.

NORC researchers are shedding new light on this interplay, examining the influence of maternal substance abuse on early development, using advanced sensor technology to evaluate the environmental quality of children’s homes and neighborhoods, conducting the first National Survey of Early Care and Education, and running the largest continuous survey of immunization rates. NORC is also leading an evaluation of Project LAUNCH, which aims to promote the wellness of young children to ensure that they enter school ready to learn and able to succeed.