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Reports & Research

KIDS COUNT Data Book, 2013

California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being, 2012-13

Casey Report - The First Eight Years


California Report Card, 2011-12

Childhood Obesity & Dental Disease: Common Causes, Common Solutions, 2011

California’s Early Learning & Development System, 2010

Recruiting Teachers to High-Need Schools: A Career Pathway that Builds on California’s Afterschool Infrastructure, 2010

The Impact of Industry Self-Regulation on the Nutritional Quality of Foods Advertised on Television to Children, 2009

Healthier Kids, Stronger Families & A Better Future for California, 2009

Afterschool Workforce Development Strategies: From Recruitment to Career Pathways, 2009

Kindergarten Readiness Data: Improving Children’s Success in School, 2009

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Related News

Child health advocates say plan to scrap Healthy Families will cost, not save (KPCC-FM)

Senate Rejects ACA/Exchange Bill (CA Healthline)

Analysis: Governor’s Budget Plan Sells Kids Short (CA Healthline)


Children Now Asks FCC to Put Teeth in Tentative Kids Ad Conclusions (Broadcasting & Cable)

Disney junk food ad ban guided by CU nutrition center (Denver Post)

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Facts & Figures

Staff turnover is a critical threat to sustaining supportive relationships. Program operators struggle to retain staff at every level, which often results in poor continuity with respect to program goals and relationships with children and collaborating agencies.

Economic disparities exist in access to healthy foods. Low-income neighborhoods have the lowest number of supermarkets and the highest number of fast food restaurants.

Nearly eight in ten (79%) of California’s uninsured children are eligible for public health coverage of some kind; however, some local programs have waitlists.


Too few California children have access to a health home. Of the 50 states, only children in Nevada and New Mexico are less likely to have one.

Quality teacher training that responds to current, evidence-based research is crucial to offering the best learning environment for students. Social and emotional learning incorporated into instructional strategies increases achievement and positive classroom behavior.

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Policy Priorities

Develop eligibility and enrollment standards across all income-based children’s programs and facilitate more effective inter-agency cooperation.

Establish a Children’s Cabinet.

Promote health homes for children.


Provide school-based preventive health care and other support services to children.

Allow counties and local agencies to blend funding streams that serve children.

Strengthen the linkage between environmental protection and children’s health initiatives.

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Too many children continue to lack access to quality health care, strong educational opportunities and other fundamental building blocks for a healthy, productive life. Denying children these supports undermines their development and results in detrimental, long-term financial and opportunity costs to our society as a whole. In other words, the negative consequences are very real for all of us. The quality of our shared economic and democratic future relies on providing all children the opportunity to reach their full potential—and working together to realize the “win-win,” we can do it.

Denying children these supports undermines their development and results in detrimental, long-term financial and opportunity costs to our society as a whole.

Interest groups strongly influence what happens, or doesn’t happen, in state and federal policymaking. That probably doesn’t surprise you. But what remains alarming to us is that children are our nation’s largest population segment without competitive representation in this system. This is because they do not have enough lobbying dollars and campaign contributions, or a large enough organized constituency of voters, behind them to get the attention they need. You can help change that by joining The Children’s Movement.

Children Now develops and implements state- and federal-level health and education policies that reflect children’s best interests. Such policies improve the lives of children, millions of children at a time. It is this scale of change that is required to rebuild strong, inclusive systems of support for childhood development. You can find out more by exploring our health, education and media’s impact program areas.