Reports & Research
Understanding Childhood Issues & Highlighting Them
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Oral Health FAQ
Feb 24, 2014
The Pediatric Dental Essential Health Benefit
in Covered California by Children Now and the American Academy of Pediatrics California
Download file: Oral Health FAQ
Child-Centered Health Homes in California
Feb 12, 2014
Too many California children are failing to get the well-coordinated mix of health care services that they need to thrive.
Download file: Health Homes Policy Brief
Early Reading Proficiency in the United States
Jan 28, 2014
1 in 4 California Fourth Graders Reading at Grade Level, Gap Between Low- and Higher-Income Students Widening New Report Shows
Download file: Early Reading Proficiency in the U.S.
Children Now's analysis of the 2014-2015 state budget proposal
Jan 23, 2014
Proposed state budget lacks needed focus on kids
The Administration’s January proposal for the 2014-15 state budget projects a surplus resulting from painful budget cutting in recent years, the economic recovery and voter approval of new revenues. While the proposal invests some of the additional revenue in children, it falls well short of what’s needed. California’s kids have borne a disproportionate share of the cuts over time and these deep cuts go largely unrestored.
Download file: 2014-15 State Budget Analysis
2014 California Children's Report Card
Jan 07, 2014
The 2014 California Children’s Report Card provides a complete evaluation of the current status of California’s kids to ensure that the state’s leaders make sound policy decisions and keep kids a priority in 2014 and beyond.
Download file: 2014 California Children's Report Card
Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Fact Sheet
Dec 13, 2013
New Race to the Top Fact Sheet addresses California’s implementation of the highly competitive federal grant.
Download file: Race to the Top Fact Sheet
Accountable for attendance
Dec 01, 2013
This report by Attendance Works, released in partnership with Children Now, addresses chronic student absence in the Local Control and Accountability Plan.
Download file: Accountable For Attendance
The First Eight Years Policy Report
Nov 04, 2013
This report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, released in partnership with Children Now, shows lifetime trajectory shaped in the earliest years.
Download file: Casey Report - The First 8 Years
2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book
Jun 24, 2013
This report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, released in partnership with Children Now, ranks California 41st nationally in children’s well-being.
Download file: casey_data_book_2013.pdf
The Future of Science Education in America
Jun 03, 2013
The Promise of the Next Generation Science Standards for Students and Communities
Download file: The Future of Science Education in America
Assembly Bill 760 (Dickinson): Reinstating California's Early Mental Health Initiative
Mar 19, 2013
A fact sheet on Assembly Bill 760, which would provide children with needed mental health screenings and care.
Download file: ab_760_fact_sheet_031913.pdf
Restorative Justice Practices: How FUSD can boost attendance, improve graduation rates and increase funding
Mar 11, 2013
This brief overviews Fresno Unified School District’s (FUSD) current school discipline practices and outlines alternative restorative justice approaches that can improve student outcomes.
Download file: restorative_justice_practices_fusd.pdf
KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States
Feb 27, 2013
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States finds that the rate of young people locked up because of trouble with the law dropped more than 40 percent over a 15-year period, with no decrease in public safety. The report shows California has one of the highest rates of youth incarceration in the nation.
Download file: casey_youth_incarceration_2013.pdf
Proposed State Budget Improves Outlook for Kids, But Leaves Much Work to Be Done
Feb 04, 2013
A summary of how the Administration’s January proposal for the 2013-14 state budget impacts kids.
Download file: 2013-14_state_budget_analysis_jan_prop.pdf
Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity
Dec 03, 2012
This report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT spotlights the nation’s disconnected youth, describes the barriers they face towards becoming financially stable, and draws attention to the supports they need to become engaged and connected.
Download file: casey_youth_report_2012.pdf
Improving Young Children's Success: California's Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, 2012
Nov 08, 2012
This fact sheet covers California’s unique approach towards implementing its federal Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant, which builds on local and statewide successes.
Download file: early_learning_factsheet_112012.pdf
2012-13 California County Scorecard of Children's Well-Being
Oct 09, 2012
An interactive, online report, the 2012-13 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being delivers a current and comprehensive picture of children’s condition in every one of California’s 58 counties.
Using a Birth to Third Grade Framework to Promote Grade-Level Reading
Oct 01, 2012
This policy paper covers how a birth to third grade framework can improve academic achievement among California’s English language learners.
Download file: birth_to_3rd_to_promote_reading.pdf
2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book
Jul 24, 2012
This report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation provides state trends in children’s well-being.
Download file: casey_data_book_2012.pdf
Revised State Budget Sells Kids Short
Jun 01, 2012
A complete, concise analysis of the updated 2012-2013 California state budget proposal’s impact on children.
Download file: cabudget_analysis_062012.pdf
Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families, 2012
May 22, 2012
This report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT highlights the vulnerabilities experienced by children whose caregivers are extended family members and close family friends.
Download file: casey_kinship_report_2012.pdf
KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot on High-Poverty Communities
Feb 23, 2012
This report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that one in eight U.S. children in high-poverty communities lives in California.
Download file: casey_snapshot_1_2012.pdf
Governor’s Budget Proposal Hits Kids Hardest, Again
Jan 24, 2012
A concise analysis of Governor Brown’s 2012-13 budget proposal’s impact on children’s well-being.
Download file: cabudget_analysis_012012.pdf
2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book
Aug 17, 2011
This report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, which ranks every state on the well-being of its children, finds California improving slightly overall in children’s well-being.
Download file: casey_data_book_2011.pdf
Childhood Obesity & Dental Disease: Common Causes, Common Solutions
Feb 01, 2011
This policy brief covers the intersections of childhood obesity and dental disease, and offers solutions that can promote the prevention of both.
Download file: oral_health_brief_022011.pdf
California Report Card, 2011-12
Dec 20, 2010
The 2011-12 California Report Card breaks new ground by providing The Children’s Agenda, the top ten policy actions that should be taken to support children. The Report Card also analyzes and grades the key domains of children’s well-being.
Download file: reportcard_2011.pdf
2010 California County Scorecard of Children's Well-Being
Sep 29, 2010
To promote inquiry and action, the 2010 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being measures counties’ progress in enabling children to be healthy, safe and ready to learn and provides insightful comparative data.
Careeer Pathways Partnerships
Sep 28, 2010
This policy brief covers new California state funding to support teacher recruitment and training through the California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention (CalGRIP) initiative.
Download file: afterschool_brief_100928.pdf
2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book
Jul 27, 2010
This report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which ranks every state on the well-being of its children, finds California improving slightly overall in children’s well-being.
Download file: casey_data_book_2010.pdf
California's Early Learning & Development System, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
This guide is a resource for California policymakers and advocates, to help them navigate the state’s programs, services and available funding streams.
Download file: early_learning_guide_2010.pdf
Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, 2010
May 18, 2010
This KIDS COUNT Special Report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights the need to increase the number of children reading at grade level by the end of third grade, a critical academic milestone that can predict whether or not children graduate from high school.
Download file: casey_early_warning_report_2010.pdf
Recruiting Teachers to High-Need Schools: A Career Pathway that Builds on California's Afterschool Infrastructure
Mar 17, 2010
This policy brief provides the case for expanding career ladder approaches in the afterschool field.
Download file: afterschool_brief_032010.pdf
California Report Card, 2010
Jan 04, 2010
This 68-page report identifies critical issues affecting children’s well-being and threatening to compromise public health and the economy.
Download file: reportcard_2010.pdf
The Impact of Industry Self-Regulation on the Nutritional Quality of Foods Advertised on Television to Children
Dec 12, 2009
This study reveals the failure of the food and beverage industry’s “Better-for-You” initiative to achieve promised improvements in the nutritional quality of foods advertised to children.
Download file: adstudy_2009.pdf
Healthier Kids, Stronger Families & A Better Future for California, 2009
Oct 15, 2009
This portfolio highlights 11 success stories about covering children through Medi-Cal and Healthy Families.
Download file: healthier_kids_2009.pdf
Dental Cuts Bite Children, Cost All Californians: The Case for Investing in School-Based Preventive Services, 2009
Sep 01, 2009
This policy brief covers recent cuts to children’s oral health services, best practices in other states, and policy recommendations.
Download file: oral_health_brief_092009.pdf
Afterschool Workforce Development Strategies: From Recruitment to Career Pathways, 2009
Jul 01, 2009
This policy brief provides useful resources for new and existing programs in California.
Download file: afterschool_brief_072009.pdf
Kindergarten Readiness Data: Improving Children's Success in School, 2009
May 01, 2009
This 24-page policy brief explores the concept of kindergarten readiness observation tools and their benefits to local and state level stakeholders.
Download file: early_learning_brief_052009.pdf
California Report Card, 2009
Jan 06, 2009
A 56-page report presenting a clear case for prioritizing smart investments in children’s health and education.
Download file: reportcard_2009.pdf
Educationally / Insufficient? An Analysis of the Availability & Educational Quality of Children’s E/I Programming, 2008
Nov 12, 2008
This report found that the educational quality of children’s educational/informational programs on commercial broadcast television is at its lowest level since it was first measured in the 1990s.
Download file: eireport_2008.pdf
2008 California County Scorecard of Children's Well-Being
Oct 22, 2008
To promote inquiry and action, the 2008 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being measures counties’ progress in enabling children to be healthy, safe and ready to learn and provides insightful comparative data.
Increasing Access to Preschool: Recommendations for Reducing Barriers to Providing Full-day, Full-year Programs, 2008
Oct 01, 2008
This policy brief provides recommendations for increasing full-day, full-year preschool opportunities.
Download file: early_learning_brief_102008.pdf
What California Should Know About Other States’ and Federal Efforts to Fund Children’s Oral Health, 2008
May 01, 2008
This policy brief covers what California should know about other states’ and federal funding efforts, and outlines key policy recommendations.
Download file: oral_health_brief_052008.pdf
Effectively Expanding California's After School System: Overcoming the Workforce Supply Obstacle, 2008
Mar 01, 2008
This policy brief covers the state’s challenges in meeting staffing needs for its publicly-funded after school programs.
Download file: afterschool_brief_032008.pdf
California Report Card, 2008
Jan 03, 2008
A 40-page report detailing how California children are faring and informing the agenda for critical children’s health and education policy improvements needed in 2008.
Download file: reportcard_2008.pdf
The Effects of Interactive Media on Preschoolers' Learning, 2007
Oct 01, 2007
The Effects of Interactive Media on Preschoolers’ Learning: A Review of the Research and Recommendations for the Future summarizes current research and practice regarding the use of educational interactive media to teach preschool children.
Download file: prek_interactive_learning_2007.pdf
Big Media, Little Kids 2: Examining the Influence of Duopolies on Children's Television Programming, 2007
Sep 20, 2007
The study compares the quantity of children’s programming in eight different markets across the country in 1998, before the FCC allowed the formation of duopolies, and in 2006, after duopolies were permitted in some markets.
Download file: bigmedia_2007.pdf
A Mother's Oral Health Profoundly Impacts The Health Of Her Child, 2007
Sep 01, 2007
This policy brief covers the oral health needs of pregnant women, new mothers and young children, and outlines key policy recommendations.
Download file: oral_health_brief_092007.pdf
Children in Immigrant Families: A California Data Brief, 2007
Aug 15, 2007
Children in Immigrant Families: A California Data Brief presents the most current data available on the health, education and family well-being of children in California’s immigrant families, who represent 51% of the state’s total child population.
Download file: immigrant_families_2007.pdf
California County Data Book, 2007
Jun 20, 2007
The 2007 California County Data Book provides the most comprehensive county-level data on children’s health, education, and economic well-being available to the public. This new online resource illuminates the vast differences between counties that are masked by statewide figures.
The Unique Challenges to the Well-Being of California's Border Kids, 2007
Jun 14, 2007
This report on California’s “border kids”—the 800,000 children living in San Diego and Imperial counties—challenges many commonly-held stereotypes. A comprehensive set of indicators of border kids’ health, education and economic well-being is provided.
Download file: border_kids_2007.pdf
The Future of Children's Media: Advertising, Conference Report, 2007
Mar 01, 2007
This 10-page report provides a summary of Children Now’s conference in 2006 on marketing and advertising to children, including outcomes and next steps.
Download file: media_conference_report_2007.pdf
California Report Card, 2007
Jan 03, 2007
A 40-page report presenting key indicators of how California’s children are faring and policy recommendations in the areas of health, education and family well-being.
Download file: reportcard_2007.pdf
A Snapshot of Children on the San Diego-Mexico Border, 2006
Jul 14, 2006
This 8-page report highlights disparities in child well-being in several areas of San Diego County with highly concentrated Latino residents and Mexican immigrants.
Download file: border_kids_2006.pdf
The Promise of Preschool, 2006
May 01, 2006
This 34-page report highlights innovative, local preschool efforts throughout the state of California.
Download file: preschool_report_2006.pdf
California Report Card, 2005
Nov 30, 2005
This 24-page report provides an overview of issues facing California’s children, with letter grades assigned to each children’s policy area.
Download file: reportcard_2005.pdf
California County Data Book, 2005
Sep 21, 2005
This 208-page report includes California county ranking charts and indicators.
Download file: data_book_2005.pdf
Interactive Advertising and Children: Issues and Implications, 2005
Aug 01, 2005
This 8-page brief covers interactive technology and its potential to revolutionize how children watch television.
Download file: media_brief_2005.pdf
The Financing of California's After School Programs, 2005
Jul 01, 2005
This 45-page report answers why financing after school programs matters for the state of California.
Download file: afterschool_report_2005.pdf
A Snapshot of Children on the California-Mexico Border, 2005
Jun 01, 2005
This 4-page report is part of a new four-state report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that provides a picture of how all children along the U.S.-Mexico Border are faring.
Download file: border_kids_2005.pdf
The Importance of Family Engagement, 2004
Dec 01, 2004
This 28-page brief provides research that confirms children, families, and programs benefit when parents are involved in their child’s preschool learning.
Download file: family_engagement_report_2004.pdf
California Report Card, 2004
Nov 30, 2004
This 44-page report provides an overview of issues facing California’s children, with special focus on children in immigrant families.
Download file: reportcard_2004.pdf
Digital Television: Sharpening the Focus on Children, Conference Report, 2004
Oct 01, 2004
This 6-page report provides the public policy implications of DTV and an overview of new FCC rules and recommendations.
Download file: media_conference_report_2004.pdf
Kids Can't Wait to Learn: Achieving Voluntary Preschool for All in California, 2004
Aug 01, 2004
This 84-page report summarizes research on preschool benefits, state and county enrollment rates, recent voter polling, and demographic data.
Download file: kidscantwait_2004.pdf
California County Data Book, 2003
Nov 13, 2003
This 224-page companion to the California Report Card includes California county ranking charts and indicators.
Download file: data_book_2003.pdf
California Report Card, 2003
Nov 01, 2003
This 52-page report provides an overview of issues facing California’s children, with special focus on health.
Download file: reportcard_2003.pdf
Big Media, Little Kids: Media Consolidation and Children's Television Programming, 2003
May 01, 2003
This 16-page study on media duopolies in Los Angeles suggests that changes to current ownership rules will seriously impact children’s programming nationwide.
Download file: bigmedia_2003.pdf
Fall Colors: Prime Time Diversity Report, 2003
Jan 02, 2003
This 12-page report provides a benchmark, five-year analysis of the networks’ progress to increase diversity on their shows.
Download file: fall_colors_2003.pdf
California State Of Our Children, 2002
Oct 01, 2002
This 108-page companion to the California Report Card provides data on children’s critical early years.
Download file: stateofchildren_2002.pdf
California Report Card, 2002
Oct 01, 2002
This 52-page report provides an overview of issues facing California’s children, with special focus on children’s early years.
Download file: reportcard_2002.pdf
Fall Colors: Prime Time Diversity Report, 2002
Jan 02, 2002
This 48-page study finds broadcast networks have made minimal progress in presenting a more diverse prime time picture, despite stated commitments for greater on-screen diversity.
Download file: fall_colors_2002.pdf
Fair Play: Violence, Gender and Race in Video Games, 2001
Dec 01, 2001
This 36-page study finds most top-selling video games for children violent, offering little or no racial and gender diversity.
Download file: fair_play_2001.pdf
California County Data Book, 2001
Nov 01, 2001
This 170-page companion to the California Report Card includes county-by-county indicators and charts.
Download file: data_book_2001.pdf
California Report Card, 2001
Nov 01, 2001
This 44-page report provides an overview of issues facing California’s children, such as economic security, health, safety and early care.
Download file: reportcard_2001.pdf
Local Television News Media's Picture of Children, 2001
Oct 01, 2001
This 20-page study finds local television news often overlook positive stories about children in favor of crimes committed by and against children.
Download file: local_television_2001.pdf
After School Care for Children, 2001
May 01, 2001
This 11-page brief looks at California children’s lack of access to quality after school care.
Download file: afterschool_brief_2001.pdf
Fall Colors: Prime Time Diversity Report, 2001
Jan 02, 2001
This 36-page study finds a prime time dominated by white male characters. Does it send mixed messages to children about the status and value of women and minorities?
Download file: fall_colors_2001.pdf
California Report Card, 2000
Oct 01, 2000
This 36-page report provides an overview of issues facing California’s children, with special focus on the new generation of California teenagers.
Download file: reportcard_2000.pdf
California State of Our Children, 2000
Oct 01, 2000
This 64-page companion to the California Report Card focuses on a number of teen issues.
Download file: stateofchildren_2000.pdf
Fall Colors: How TV Portrays Characters of Color and Treats Issues of Race, 2000
Jul 01, 2000
This 30-page study uncovers many disturbing trends in the “best” examples of diversity on prime time television.
Download file: fall_colors_2000.pdf
Partners in Transition, 2000
Mar 01, 2000
This 68-page study provides a detailed vision of how health plans can improve adolescents’ health and well-being.
Download file: partners_2000.pdf
Fall Colors: How Diverse is the Prime-Time Lineup?, 2000
Jan 02, 2000
This 28-page study finds many actors of color playing guest roles or non-recurring characters, undermining the need for true racial diversity on television.
Download file: fall_colors_lineup_2000.pdf
California County Data Book, 1999
Nov 01, 1999
This 167-page companion to the California Report Card includes data not available in individual county profiles.
Download file: data_book_1999.pdf
Boys to Men: Conference Report on Media Messages About Masculinity, 1999
Sep 01, 1999
This 24-page report outlines the many difficulties boys face in an era of highly-publicized acts of violence by young males.
Download file: boys_to_men_1999.pdf
Boys to Men: Entertainment Media Messages About Masculinity, 1999
Sep 01, 1999
This 28-page companion report analyzes the role that entertainment media plays in boys’ development.
Download file: boys_to_men_entertainment_1999.pdf
Boys to Men: Sports Media Messages About Masculinity, 1999
Sep 01, 1999
This 16-page companion report analyzes the role that sports figures play in boys’ development.
Download file: boys_to_men_sports_1999.pdf
The News Media's Picture of Children: A Five-Year Update and A Focus on Diversity, 1999
Jul 01, 1999
This 8-page report focuses on a media landscape where coverage of minority children and the issues they face remains sparse.
Download file: news_media_1999.pdf
A Different World: Children's Perceptions of Race and Class in the Media, 1999
May 01, 1999
This 12-page report provides an in-depth view on how children perceive racial and class inequities in the media.
Download file: different_world_1999.pdf
A Different World: Native American Children's Perceptions of Race and Class in the Media, 1999
May 01, 1999
This 6-page report focuses on Native American children’s views on race and class in news and entertainment media.
Download file: different_world_native_americans_1999.pdf
Talk with Your Kids about Violence, 1999
Jan 02, 1999
This 8-page booklet offers practical tips for talking openly with young children about violence.
Download file: twk_violence_1999.pdf
Hable con sus hijos antes de que lo hagan todos los demas, 1999
Jan 02, 1999
El folleto contiene recomendaciones y técnicas eficaces y prácticas para hablar abierta y fácilmente con sus hijos de 8 a 12 años de edad sobre algunos de los temas más difíciles: el sexo, el VIH/SIDA, la violencia, las drogas y el alcohol.
Download file: twk_spanish_1999.pdf
Talk with Your Kids Before Everyone Else Does, English, 1999
Jan 02, 1999
This 44-page booklet offers practical, concrete tips and techniques for talking with young children about sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, drugs and alcohol.
Download file: twk_english_1999.pdf
California State of Our Children, 1998
Nov 01, 1998
A 67-page companion to the 1998 California Report Card reviews the past decade.
Download file: stateofchildren_1998.pdf
California Report Card, 1998
Nov 01, 1998
This report analyzes the conditions facing California’s children and provides a special review of changes over a decade.
Download file: reportcard_1998.pdf
Reflections of Girls in the Media, 1997
Apr 01, 1997
This report covers a range of media where women and girls are depicted as concerned with romance and dating over work or school, and where physical appearance is valued over talent.
Download file: girls_media_1997.pdf
Tuned In or Tuned Out, 1994
Jun 01, 1994
This survey shows that children across the board are interested in change from the news media.
Download file: tuned_in_1994.pdf