California Report Card, 2007

Jan 03, 2007

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The 2006-07 California Report Card: The State of the State’s Children identifies critical issues affecting children’s well-being and threatening to compromise public health and the economy. This nonpartisan report assigns letter grades to individual issues, such as a “C-” in early care and education, a “C-” in K-12 education, and a “B-” in health insurance. Recommendations are provided for how policymakers can better address children’s basic needs for growing into productive adults.

The report presents the most current data available on the status of California’s children, who represent 27% of all Californians and 13% of the nation’s kids:

  • 760,000 California children, ages 0-18, don’t have health insurance.
  • One in three of California’s 6- to 17-year-olds is obese or overweight.
  • About 58% of California’s 3- and 4-year-olds do not attend preschool.
  • About 60% of California’s 2nd- to 11th-graders did not meet state goals for math and reading proficiency in 2006.
  • As many as 30% of the state’s children live in an economically-struggling family, able to pay for only the most basic needs.

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