August 2014
from ND COMPASS         
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

Can North Dakota go from ranking 45th to leading the nation?


The release of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 25th edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book in July has provided updated data on where North Dakota ranks on children's issues in comparison with other states in the nation. While North Dakota ranks well overall in children's well being, the data provides a unique view of opportunities to address areas where we, as a state, could potentially make a significant, positive impact. 

Despite the state's economic prosperity, North Dakota currently ranks 45th with regard to pre-school enrollment.  


What is the correlation between pre-school enrollment and North Dakota's future workforce? In preparation for the North Dakota KIDS COUNT Fact Book being released in August, North Dakota KIDS COUNT has taken the time to share some data highlights and visuals regarding our state's children, and explore some of areas for potential investment in this month's Ask a Researcher column.  


To acquaint us with some of the opportunities and challenges faced by early education providers in the state, Jennifer Braun, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Director of the Community Action Head Start/Early Head Start in Dickinson shares some of the current experiences of Dickinson's Head Start program in August's For Discussion column.



For Discussion
A look at early childhood education in western North Dakota 

Jennifer Braun, MSW, LCSW
, Assistant Director of the Community Action Head Start/Early Head Start in Dickinson, ND shares some thoughts about how the oil boom has affected Head Start programs in the western part of the state.  

Ask a Researcher
North Dakota ranks well nationally with regard to overall child well-being; however, substantial opportunities for improvement exist
North Dakota KIDS COUNT is going to release its Fact Book in August. In preparation for that, North Dakota KIDS COUNT shares some data highlights and visuals regarding our state's children, and explores some of areas for potential investment.

Utilizing YouTube to make your data needs even easier!


For updates, snapshots, and quick glimpses of the state, the North Dakota Compass Facebook and Twitter are easy tools at your disposal. For easy location of various visuals provided by both North Dakota Compass and North Dakota KIDS COUNT, the Center for Social Research's Pinterest boards are available for use.

Thanks to the amazingly supportive NDSU Extension Service and Minnesota-North Dakota chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, North Dakota Compass has taken it's first step into the world of Youtube.

Join Gretchen Dobervich, Alzheimer's Association North Dakota Field Director, as she shares different ways program planners can benefit from the resources available on ND Compass.
 "It made us look at service delivery in ways we hadn't thought of"


New data available

A number of charts have been updated within the following key measures:




Population Trends key measure chart 




Age context measure charts

Race context measure chart 




Economic Output (GDP) key measure charts

Jobs key measure charts




Diabetes key measure charts

Obesity key measure charts

By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, North Dakota Compass gives everyone in our state--policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here--a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities.
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