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Medi-Cal Kids Infographic

Aug 08, 2014

How many of California’s kids are enrolled in Medi-Cal?

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California State Budget Analysis - May Revise

May 14, 2014

Revised State Budget’s Impact on Kids

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Healthy Babies for California's Future

Apr 16, 2014

Support for infants and toddlers must include resources to promote good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences.

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Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

Apr 01, 2014

New National, State Scorecard Shows California Children Face Troubling Racial Inequity

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Leveraging the Local Control Funding Formula: Making the Case for Early Learning and Development in Your School District

Mar 07, 2014

Make the case for ELD in your school district

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Fact Sheet

Dec 13, 2013

Race to the Top Fact Sheet addresses California’s implementation of the highly competitive federal grant.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Future of Science Education in America

Jun 03, 2013

The Promise of the Next Generation Science Standards for Students and Communities

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Jul 24, 2012

This report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation provides state trends in children’s well-being.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Promise of Preschool, 2006

May 01, 2006

This 34-page report highlights innovative, local preschool efforts throughout the state of California.

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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.

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California County Data Book, 2005

Sep 21, 2005

This 208-page report includes California county ranking charts and indicators.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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California County Data Book, 2003

Nov 13, 2003

This 224-page companion to the California Report Card includes California county ranking charts and indicators.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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California County Data Book, 2001

Nov 01, 2001

This 170-page companion to the California Report Card includes county-by-county indicators and charts.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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California State of Our Children, 1998

Nov 01, 1998

A 67-page companion to the 1998 California Report Card reviews the past decade.

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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.

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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.

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