Improving Arkansas Children’s Oral Health: Healthy Mouths Make for a Healthy Start

Early childhood is the most rapid period of brain and body growth. A child’s best chance for a healthy, productive future is to ensure that they receive all the care and resources they need for optimal development, which includes both medical care and oral health care.


SNAP and Working Families: Solutions for Good Health

Summary of Findings: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutritional support for income-eligible families, most of whom have working adults. However, as families increase their income, they may experience a reduction or loss of SNAP benefits that leaves them with fewer overall resources. Children’s HealthWatch research demonstrated that working families that increased their income […]


Strengthening the Massachusetts Earned Income Tax Credit for Immigrant Working Families

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) improves the health and well-being of children and lifts families out of poverty across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Currently, however, not all families in Massachusetts are eligible to claim the state EITC, despite living and working in the Commonwealth. These families include immigrants who file taxes using an Individual […]

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From Disparities to Discrimination: Getting at the Roots of Food Insecurity in America


Keeping Children’s Weight on Track: A Pathway to Health and Well-Being

This report card examines children’ weight over time. We looked at almost 3,000 infants and toddlers from low-income families who started life in a healthy state  – born at a healthy birth weight and at term. Most children remained at a healthy weight at both visits (on average 1 year apart). Children with an unhealthy […]


Affordable Health Care Keeps Children and Families Healthy

Access to affordable health care is important for young children and their parents’ overall health. When health care services are affordable, children are more able to access needed care, including preventive services such as well child visits and immunizations. Optimal child health is best achieved when parents are also in good health. But parents’ health […]

Children with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities: Solutions for Stable Homes

Summary of Findings All children need stable homes to thrive. High costs associated with raising a young child with special health care needs (SHCN) may strain a family’s budget and impact their ability to afford housing expenses. Children’s HealthWatch research demonstrates that compared to children without SHCN, children with SHCN are more likely to live […]


An Avoidable $2.4 Billion Cost: Food Insecurity and Hunger in Massachusetts

A conservative $2.4 billion per year would be saved in treating medical issues that are linked to food insecurity. Improving food security among Massachusetts residents would reduce healthcare costs for individuals, families, and the Commonwealth. For more information on the cost of food insecurity and hunger in Massachusetts, please visit