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About the NSECH Survey

The National Survey of Early Childhood Health (NSECH) was conducted from February 2000 to July 2000 with parents and guardians most responsible for the health care of children ages 4 to 35. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) collected the data using the sampling frame from its State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey. 

The NSECH is a random-digit-dial telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 2,068 children and includes an oversample of African American and Hispanic children so that results for these groups could be estimated with greater precision. Spanish-language interviews comprised 19% of all completed interviews. The Council of American Survey Research Organizations (CASRO) response rate was 65.6% and the proportion of completed NSECH interviews among known age-eligible households was 79.2%.

A public use NSECH micro data file can be downloaded.

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