About the NSCH data

The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) is an electronic (web) and paper based (mail-in) survey of parent(s)/guardian(s) with non-institutionalized children under 18 years of age. The purpose of the survey is to generate data about children, their families, and neighborhoods to help guide policymakers, advocates, and researchers.  Baseline estimates are used for federal and state Title V Maternal and Child Health performance measures, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau companion objectives for Healthy People 2010/2020, and data for each state’s 5-year Title V needs assessment.