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Reports & Research

California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being, 2014-15

The 2014 California Children’s Report Card

KIDS COUNT Data Book, 2013


Jan 14, 2015

Pro-Kid Policy Agenda provides policymakers with comprehensive roadmap to improving California children’s well-being

The 2015-16 Pro-Kid Policy Agenda for California is the only comprehensive roadmap available for the state’s policymakers to improve opportunities for California’s children.

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Nov 12, 2014

With Nearly Half of State’s Youngest Children Living in Low-Income Households, It Is Time to Try a Two-Generation Approach, According to New Report

Poverty Reduction Can be Achieved by Investing in Early Childhood Development and Parents Simultaneously

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Oct 29, 2014

Children’s Well-Being Scorecard Shows Counties Where There is Room for Improvement

Data tool measures children’s well-being county by county

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Aug 19, 2014

Resolution to Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences, Toxic Stress Heads to California Senate After Passing Assembly with Bipartisan Support

Statewide policies to reduce children’s exposure to adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress makes way to Senate

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Aug 18, 2014

California Legislature Designates September School Attendance Awareness Month

California State Legislature passed a resolution that designates the September as School Attendance Awareness Month

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Jul 22, 2014

25th Edition of KIDS COUNT Data Book Ranks California 40th in Overall Child Well-Being

California still ranks near bottom for Education (39th) and near last for children’s Economic Well-Being (48th)

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Jun 20, 2014

Children Now Statement on Final State Budget

Early Education and K-12 Support a Step in the Right Direction; Disappointment for Children’s Health

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Jun 16, 2014

Children Now Statement on State Budget Agreement

Early Education and K-12 Support a Step in the Right Direction; Disappointment for Children’s Health

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Jun 06, 2014

Statewide Support for Common Core Grows in California

Children Now’s Sign On Statement Receives Broad Backing

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Apr 01, 2014

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

Report finds California has much ground to cover to ensure that all kids reach key milestones

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Jan 07, 2014

Report Finds Major Weaknesses in California Kids’ Well-Being Remain Despite Recent Efforts

Economic Outcomes Tied to Fixing Problems in State’s System of Supports for Children

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Nov 04, 2013

Lifetime Trajectory Shaped in Earliest Years, Investing in Early Childhood Development Would Help Break Cycle of Poverty in California Says New Report

Nearly Half of State’s Youngest Children Now Living in Low-Income Households

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Sep 09, 2013

Sharyn Church to Lead Los Angeles Arm of Children Now

Children Now today announced Sharyn Church will head its expanding operations in greater Los Angeles.

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Jun 24, 2013

California Ranks 41st Nationally in Children’s Well-Being, Shows No Improvement versus Year Ago

For the second consecutive year, California ranks 41st out of the 50 states in children’s overall well-being, according to The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2013 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today in partnership with Children Now.

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Feb 27, 2013

New Report Shows California’s Youth Incarceration among Highest in the Nation and Largely Ineffective

This KIDS COUNT® Data Snapshot shows California’s high youth incarceration rate, highlighting the need for a more pro-active, effective approach.

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Jan 08, 2013

New “Pro-Kid Policy Agenda” Stresses California Has Much to Gain If Improving Children’s Health and Education Prioritized

Released today, the 2013-14 Pro-Kid Policy Agenda for California is a guide to the top state-level policymaking priorities for children.

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Dec 21, 2012

Children Now statement in response to today's FTC follow-up report on food marketing to children

Statement by Eileen Espejo, director of media & health policy for Children Now.

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Dec 03, 2012

New Report Finds More Than 850,000 “Disconnected Youth” 
Neither in School nor Working in California

Nationwide, employment among Americans, ages 16-24, are at its lowest 
since World War II.

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Oct 09, 2012

New Report Provides Unique, Detailed View of Children's Well-Being in Each California County

An interactive, online report released today delivers a current and comprehensive picture of children’s condition in every one of California’s 58 counties.

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Sep 14, 2012

Children Now Statement on Supporting Propositions 30 and 38

Children Now announced today it is supporting both Propositions 30 and 38 on this November’s ballot, joining other leading education voices endorsing both initiatives.

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Jul 24, 2012

California 41st in the Nation on Children’s Well-Being, According to New Report

With the exception of Health, where California ranks 23rd, the state ranks at the bottom of all other categories of children’s well-being.

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Jun 13, 2012

Public Outcry over Proposed State Budget Cuts to Kids Hits YouTube

A broad group of respected leaders and concerned citizens are posting videos onto a YouTube channel to express their opposition to children shouldering a huge portion of the $8.3 billion in budget cuts proposed by the Brown Administration.

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May 22, 2012

More than 330,000 California Children Raised by Relatives and Family Friends, Report Finds

Over 2.7 million children in the nation live in kinship care, according to a new KIDS COUNT report released today from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Children Now.

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Feb 23, 2012

1 in 8 U.S. Children in High-Poverty Communities Lives in California

More than one million California children live in high-poverty areas, according to the new KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot released today by The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Children Now.

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Sep 22, 2011

Children Now Statement on National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Children Now is encouraged by the attention given to childhood obesity. However, among the many steps taken to address the obesity epidemic, Children Now remains concerned about the lack of progress made to curb unhealthy food marketing to children.

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Aug 17, 2011

New Data Book Spotlights Recession's Impact on California Kids

Data released today finds that approximately 3.2 million California children live in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment.

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May 20, 2011

California's Revised Budget Proposal and Its Potential Impact on Kids

Supporting children is clearly the best investment the state can make, yet even in the best of times, children are not the top priority in state spending.

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May 16, 2011

Torlakson to Host State Policy Forum on Improving School Attendance

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will host a policy forum exploring what keeps students from coming to school in the first place and how schools and communities can partner to bring them back to the classroom.

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Apr 28, 2011

Children Now statement on nutrition and marketing standards proposed today by the Federal Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children

Statement by Jeff McIntyre, national policy director for Children Now.

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Mar 29, 2011

Donna Friedman Meir Joins Children Now's Board of Directors to Help Build The Children's Movement

Children Now today announced that Donna Friedman Meir was elected to Children Now’s board of directors.

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Feb 09, 2011

National Foundation Marks Children's Health Anniversary with Grant to Help Cover More California Kids

Packard Foundation cites work of Children Now, The Children’s Partnership, California Children’s Health Initiatives, and United Ways of California as critical to continued progress.

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Dec 20, 2010

Children's Policy Agenda Served to California's New Leaders

Citing the state’s failure to prioritize kids, a comprehensive plan addressing the systemic education and health problems undermining children’s development was delivered to California’s incoming policymakers today.

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Sep 29, 2010

Research Reveals Unique Fingerprint of Child Well-Being for Each California County

No two places in the state are alike in terms of the condition of their children, according to the 2010 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being, an online research and advocacy tool released today.

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Aug 26, 2010

California Legislature Approves Bill to Support an Early Warning System to Prevent Student Dropout

The California State Senate today gave final approval to legislation that would create an early warning system for high school dropout prevention, tracking student attendance as early as kindergarten.

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Aug 25, 2010

New Resource for Journalists Covering Education

With California’s budgets in continuing crisis mode and resulting cuts in state funding for programs meeting children’s needs, Children Now has released a new 27-page guide, which covers the state’s myriad early learning and development programs, services, and funding streams.

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May 18, 2010

State Ranks 46th in Fourth Grade Reading Proficiency

A new report released today 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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May 12, 2010

New "Children's Movement" Launched to Give Children Power Needed in Interest Group Politics

Children do not have enough lobbying dollars or campaign contributions or enough people organized behind them to get the attention they need in interest group politics, according to Children Now, a leading nonpartisan, nonprofit children’s public policy organization, that today launched “The Children’s Movement” to organize a public pro-kid constituency.

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Feb 22, 2010

President Obama’s Health Reform Proposal Makes Children a Priority

President Barack Obama today unveiled a proposal outlining sweeping reforms to the nation’s health care system, including the preservation of children’s health care coverage programs and recommendations to expand coverage for children.

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Jan 06, 2010

Children Now Statement in Response to Gov. Schwarzenegger's State of the State Address

Ted Lempert, President of Children Now, on today’s State of the State address.

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Jan 04, 2010

Status of California’s Kids Critical to Restoring Economic Stability in State, According to New Children Now Report Card

Significant changes to children’s health care and education policies are required for California to regain its financial footing and safeguard its future economic competitiveness, according to a new study released today from Children Now.

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