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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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Childhood Matters is a live one-hour weekly call-in radio show on 98.1 KISS-FM in the San Francisco Bay Area, 105.1 KOCN-FM in Monterey and Santa Cruz, La Nuestra KBBF 89.1 FM in the North Bay, 1480 KGOE-AM in Eureka, and can be heard anytime online at www.childhoodmatters.org. Presented by Interactive Parenting Media, whose mission is to inform and inspire parents and all who care about children so that every child may be happy, healthy, and thrive, Childhood Matters and its Spanish-language counterpart, Nuestros Niños, provide respectful, inclusive public forums through interactive radio.

Featured programs by Childhood Issue Area

Early Learning & Development

April 18, 2009
The Need for Preschool
Listen [ 55 mb, mp3 ]

January 6, 2008
How Children Learn Language
Listen [ 27 mb, mp3 ]

Children’s Oral Health

February 21, 2009
Good Oral Health
Listen [ 28 mb, mp3 ]

Childhood Obesity

March 7, 2009
Health and Nutrition
Listen [ 28 mb, mp3 ]

K-12 Education/Education Reform

October 18, 2009
Closing the Achievement Gap Through Parent Involvement
Listen [ 52 mb, mp3 ]

October 4, 2009
Raising a Child Who Loves to Read
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Complete archive of Childhood Matters programs

Programas segun el
area tematica

Programas para las Horas Despues de la Escuela

5 de octubre de 2008
Las Horas Después de la Escuela Pueden Ser Provechosas o Peligrosas para Nuestros Niños
Escuche [ 28 mb, mp3 ]

Salud Oral Infantil

1 de febrero de 2009
Salud Oral Infantil: Nuestros Niños Sonríen con
Bocas y Dientes Sanos

Escuche [ 28 mb, mp3 ]

Obesidad Infantil

9 de noviembre 2008
La Obesidad y la Diabetes Amenazan a Nuestros Niños y Familias: Prevención e Intervención
Escuche [ 28 mb, mp3 ]

Nuestros Niños es un programa de radio semanal con participación de los radioescuchas, el cual se transmite en vivo desde La Kalle 100.7 y 105.7 FM, La Nuestra KBBF 89.1 FM, Tricolor KLOK 99.5 FM, Jose KSES 107.1 FM y KMBX-AM 700. La misión de Interactive Parenting Media es informar e inspirar a los padres de familia y a todos a quienes les importan los niños, para que todo niño sea feliz, sano, y pueda prosperar. Nosotros ofrecemos un foro público inclusivo y respetuoso a través de nuestros programas de radio interactivos-Childhood Matters y Nuestros Niños-y otros medios de comunicación en inglés y español. Está dirigido a los padres de familia y a todos los interesados en el bienestar de nuestros niños. La audiencia de este programa, padres de familia, familiares, maestros, otros quienes tienen niños a su cuidado, cruza todas las divisiones políticas, étnicas, y económicas de nuestra sociedad. La audiencia es todo aquel quien esté interesado en ayudar a nuestros niños a crecer y convertirse en adultos saludables y productivos.

Un archivo completo del programa de radio Nuestros Niños