National Survey of Children's Health

HRSA funds and directs the National Survey of Children’s Health, providing in-depth data that are essential to understanding the health status and health services needs of children. The resulting data shapes state and national-level policies and programs to improve their health and that of their families and communities.

The survey collects information from a random sample of U.S. households and includes two parts:

Part One: A brief initial survey determines if children are present, and if so, the number, age, sex, and special health care need status of each child.

Part Two: Some households who indicated that they have children receive a second longer survey about the health and well-being of one of the children in the household.

Why Participate?

Choosing to participate in the National Survey of Children’s Health ultimately benefits you, your children, your family, and all families in the U.S. as your response informs important programs, including:

  • Title V Maternal and Child Health block grant, which funds programs that help mothers and children in every state. Your responses to the survey help establish baseline estimates for the block grant performance measures and data for your state’s needs assessment.
  • Healthy People 2020, which provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Your participation in the survey helps HRSA develop maternal and child health companion objectives.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Date Last Reviewed:  July 2016

Contact Us

Michael D. Kogan, PhD, Director

Related Resources

View publications from previous surveys

Access the latest national and state-level data from the Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health (DRC) exit disclaimer icon.

Get in-depth information from previous surveys or download the data from the National Center for Health Statistics

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