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National Survey of Children's Health-Longitudinal Cohort (NSCH-LC)

The NSCH-LC is an extension of the annual National Survey of Children’s Health. It collects information about the health and well-being of children and young adults in the United States.

What information does it collect?

It looks at how families access and use:

  • Health care
  • Family interactions
  • Mental health
  • School and after-school experiences
  • Family financials

What does the NSCH-LC survey focus on?

It focuses on the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically children’s mental, emotional, and behavioral health, and learning loss.

How will federal and state governments use the data?

They’ll use it to improve the health and well-being of children and young adults. They’ll do this through policies and programs.

Who funded and designed this survey?

We funded and designed the survey. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also funded it.

Who will conduct the survey?

The United States Census Bureau will conduct it.

When do you expect the U.S. Census Bureau to collect the data?

We expect they’ll collect data from winter 2023 through spring 2024.

When will they release data to the public?

We expect the U.S. Census Bureau to release the public data in spring 2025.

Who will complete the survey?

A parent or caregiver will give us information about one child or young adult in their family.

How will people take the survey?

They’ll complete the NSCH-LC using web or paper questionnaires.

Where can I find answers to questions I have?

Read our frequently asked questions for people who take the survey.

Survey resources

Access copies of the NSCH-LC Questionnaires:

Get more information through the U.S. Census NSCH-LC webpage.

Contact us

Email Michael D. Kogan, Ph.D., Director
MCHB Office of Epidemiology and Research

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