CHILD WELL-BEING: Key Considerations for Policymakers, Including the Need for a Federal Cross-Agency Priority Goal

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report, CHILD WELL-BEING: Key Considerations for Policymakers, Including the Need for a Federal Cross-Agency Priority Goal, that examines what is known about the state of child well-being in the U.S., how it has changed in recent years, and what policymakers should consider in addressing child well-being. The report discusses well-being by looking at a variety of indicators that fit in three categories: 1) family, physical, and social environment; 2) physical and mental health; and 3) early care and education. GAO recommends that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) consider developing a goal that addresses a coordinated federal approach to child well-being among its next set of cross-agency priority goals, including working with relevant agencies to ensure their strategic plans include related goals and objectives.