Research

National Reports

Retreat Is Not an Option

Retreat Is Not an Option

The report, “RETREAT IS NOT AN OPTION," includes new and previously unreported state-by-state data from the Department of Defense showing the number of young adults who are likely to be ineligible[...]
A Commitment to Pre-Kindergarten Is A Commitment to National Security

A Commitment to Pre-Kindergarten Is A Commitment to National Security

Research demonstrates that high-quality early learning programs can help solve the serious problems--poor educational achievement, criminal behavior and obesity—that cause the majority of our young pe[...]
Still Too Fat to Fight

Still Too Fat to Fight

Schools are selling 400 billion calories of junk food every year—the equivalent of nearly two billion candy bars and more than the weight of the aircraft carrier Midway.  This report calls for stronge[...]
Too Fat to Fight

Too Fat to Fight

The U.S. Department of Defense reports that 27% of 17- to 24-year-olds in the United States are too fat to serve in the military.  In addition, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Preven[...]
Unfit to Fight: A follow-up to our “Too Fat to Fight” report

Unfit to Fight: A follow-up to our “Too Fat to Fight” report

While excess calorie consumption, not reductions in physical activity, is primarily responsible for the current epidemic of obesity, better physical fitness is crucial for addressing this epidemic.  T[...]

Our Troubled Education System: A Threat to National Security

Our Troubled Education System: A Threat to National Security

High-Quality Early Education & Other School Reforms Cannot Wait One in four young people in America does not graduate from high school on time.  Even among our nation’s high school graduates, nea[...]

State Reports

California

County Fact Sheets

Student Readiness Toolkit

Operation: Hydration: How Providing Water in California Schools Can Help Children Become Healthier Adults

California Report: A Commitment to Pre-Kindergarten Is A Commitment to National Security

Lazy Days of Summer: A National Security Threat?

Unfit to Fight: A Report on California

Colorado

Unfit to Fight: Getting Colorado Youth Active is a Matter of National Security

Florida

A Stronger America: We need the Florida Standards and aligned assessments to achieve a stronger military and a more productive economy 

Georgia

A Stronger America: We need Georgia’s Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments to achieve a stronger military and a more productive economy 

Georgia Report: A Commitment to Pre-Kindergarten Is A Commitment to National Security

Too Fat to Fight: A Brief on Georgia

Hawaii

Too Fat to Fight: A Brief on Hawaii

Iowa

Iowa Report: A Commitment to Pre-Kindergarten Is A Commitment to National Security

Iowa’s Education System: Supporting Our National Security

Kentucky

Retreat is Not An Option For Kentucky

Kentucky Report: A Commitment to Pre-Kindergarten Is A Commitment to National Security

Too Fat to Fight: A Brief on Kentucky

Maine

Maine Report: A Commitment to Pre-Kindergarten Is A Commitment to National Security

Ensuring Our National Security: High-Quality Early Education and Other School Reforms in Maine Can Help Build a Strong Country

Maine’s Young Adults: Ready, Willing, And Unable To Serve

Maryland

Retreat is Not An Option for Maryland: Healthier School Meals Protect Our Children and Our Country

Michigan

School Failure Weakens National Security: Preschool Helps Michigan Children Succeed

Michigan Youth: Ready, Willing but Unable to Serve

Michigan’s Troubled Education System: A Threat to National Security

Minnesota

Mississippi

High-Quality Early Education for the Mississippi Delta: A Wise Investment in Our National Security

High-Quality Early Childhood Development and Learning And Other School Reforms in Mississippi Can Help Build a Strong Country

Young Mississippians: Ready, Willing, And Unable To Serve

Nebraska

School Failure Weakens National Security: High-Quality Early Education Helps Nebraska Children Succeed

Lincoln Youth: Ready, Willing but Unable to Serve

Omaha Youth: Ready, Willing but Unable to Serve

Nebraska’s Educational System: Supporting Our National Security

Nevada

Nevada Report: A Commitment to Pre-Kindergarten Is A Commitment to National Security

New York

North Carolina

A Stronger America: We need North Carolina’s Standards and aligned assessments to achieve a stronger military and a more productive economy

Ohio

Ohio Report: A Commitment to Pre-Kindergarten Is A Commitment to National Security

Oklahoma

A Stronger America: We need the Oklahoma Academic Standards and aligned assessments to achieve a stronger military and a more productive economy 

Pennsylvania

Walking and Biking in Pennsylvania: A Matter of National Security?

Pennsylvania Youth: Ready, Willing But Unable to Serve

Unfit to Fight: A Report on Pennsylvania

Ready, Willing, And Unable To Serve: Early Ed in Pennsylvania is Needed to Ensure National Security

Unable To Serve: Why Military Service is Out of Reach for Most Young Philadelphians

Unable To Serve: Why Military Service is Out of Reach for Most Young People in Pittsburgh

Tennessee

Virginia

Pre-K Around the Beltway 2: Still Backed Up in Virginia

Virginia Report: A Commitment to Pre-Kindergarten Is A Commitment to National Security

Pre-K Around the Beltway: High-Quality Early Education in the Metropolitan Washington, DC Area Can Help Build A Stronger Country

Virginia’s Education System: Supporting Our National Security

Young Virginians: Ready, Willing, And Unable To Serve

Washington

Investing Wisely in Washington State’s Economy & in Our National Security

Washington’s Troubled Education System: A Threat to National Security