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Reports & Research

The 2014 California Children’s Report Card

KIDS COUNT Data Book, 2013

California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being, 2012-13


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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Dec 14, 2009

Foods Advertised to Children on TV Remain Nutritionally Poor, Despite Industry Pledge

Landmark report raises serious doubt about the future viability of industry self-regulation to help address the growing epidemic of childhood obesity.

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Aug 20, 2009

Children Now statement in response to Gov. Schwarzenegger's press conference on recovery funding for education

Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, on Gov. Schwarzenegger’s special session on education.

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Jul 28, 2009

2009 Data Book Highlights Opportunities to Improve California Children’s Well-Being

Report shows that, between 2000 and 2006-07, California improved on five of 10 measures that affect children’s well-being.

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Jan 06, 2009

Investing in Children Key to Righting California Economy, According to New Children Now “Report Card”

The issues weakening California children’s well-being are also undermining the economic prosperity of the state as a whole, according to a new study.

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Nov 12, 2008

Only 1 in 8 Children's Educational TV Programs Meet High Quality Standards, According to New Study by Children Now

A new study by Children Now reveals substantial deficiencies in children’s educational television programming and raises serious doubts about broadcasters’ commitments to the nation’s children.

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Oct 22, 2008

State’s Future Depends on Coordinated, Community-Based Solutions to Improve Children’s Outcomes, New Children Now Report Shows

To shore up California’s economic and civic outlook, state and community leaders, advocates and concerned citizens must work to address the many local environmental factors that together influence children’s development, according to a new report by Children Now.

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Jul 29, 2008

Children Now statement in response to the Federal Trade Commission’s report on food and beverage marketing to children

Study found that companies spent $1.6 billion in 2006 to promote food and beverages to children, with television continuing to dominate the advertising landscape.

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Jun 12, 2008

California Drops to 22nd of 50 States in New National Study on Children’s Well-Being

California continues its slide in the national rankings of children’s well-being, according to a new report released today by Children Now and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Jun 11, 2008

Children Now statement in response to FCC Commissioner Adelstein's speech on children's media

Adelstein spoke today at the Media Institute, where he outlined his proactive agenda to improve the media environment for our nation’s children.

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May 14, 2008

Children Now statement in response to May Revise

Children Now statement on Governor Schwarzenegger’s revisions to the California state budget.

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Apr 08, 2008

18,000 Children in Low-Income Working Families to Lose Child Care if Proposed Budget Cuts Are Enacted

Reductions totaling over $198 million statewide would result in the loss of over 18,000 child care spaces in California for low-income working families.

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Mar 14, 2008

Children Now's Lempert regarding the recommendations released today by the Committee on Educational Excellence

Children Now statement on K-12 findings by Governor-appointed committee.

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Jan 03, 2008

The Future of California's Kids on the Line in 2008, According to New Children Now Report Card, "The State of the State's Children"

Public policy decisions in 2008 are critical to determining the well-being of California’s children and the state for years to come.

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Sep 20, 2007

New Report Exposes the Damaging Effects of Duopolies on Children's Television

When media companies are allowed to own multiple television stations in a single market, children suffer the consequences, according to new research released today.

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Aug 15, 2007

New Report Corrects Misperceptions about Children from Immigrant Families

Eighty-five percent of children from immigrant families in California are citizens and three-quarters of them are bilingual, according to a new Children Now report.

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Jul 25, 2007

California Slips to 19th of 50 States in New National Study of Children’s Well-Being

California stacks up poorly against other states in supporting its children, according to a new report.

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Jun 20, 2007

How California Children Are Faring Depends on the County in Which They Live

Wide disparities in children’s well-being from county to county are presented in a new report by Children Now.

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Jun 14, 2007

New Report on California's "Border Kids" Breaks Stereotypes

Children living along the California-Mexico border face substantial challenges to their health and educational well-being, according to a new report.

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May 14, 2007

Children Now's Statement on Governor Schwarzenegger's Budget Revisions

Statement from Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, regarding Governor Schwarzenegger’s state budget revisions.

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Apr 25, 2007

Children Now's Statement on FCC Report on TV Violence

Statement in reaction to the Federal Communications Commission’s report on television violence.

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Feb 25, 2007

Children Now's Miller on the FCC's Fine Against Univision

Statement on the FCC’s decision to fine Univision for airing children’s soap operas to fulfill educational programming requirements.

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Jan 07, 2007

Children Now's Lempert on Gov. Schwarzenegger's Agenda for California's Children

Children Now statement on the proposed California budget for 2007-08.

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Nov 30, 2006

California Voters Support Spending More Money on Schools, But Only with More Accountability, According to New Poll

As the state legislature gets set to reconvene next Monday and Governor Schwarzenegger launches a new term, voters are looking for comprehensive changes to the public education system.

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Oct 27, 2006

Children Now to Speak at Oakland Media Ownership Forum

Today, Children Now will testify in a community forum on media consolidation.

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Oct 25, 2006

Coalition Urges FCC to Prioritize Children's Needs in Media Ownership Review

The Children’s Media Policy Coalition urged the Federal Communications Commission to protect children’s interests before making changes to media ownership rules.

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Oct 03, 2006

Children Now's Lempert to Speak at L.A. Hearing on Media Ownership

Today, the Federal Communications Commission will hold its first public hearing in Los Angeles to discuss media ownership rules.

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Sep 26, 2006

Children Now Praises FCC for Adoption of Kids' Digital Television Agreement

Children Now reacted to today’s Federal Communications Commission ruling on children’s television programming and advertising.

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Sep 21, 2006

Governor Signs SB 638, a Children Now Bill

Today, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 638, which greatly expands the availability of after school programs in California.

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Sep 01, 2006

Legislature Shows New Signs of Life in Addressing Children's Needs

Three Children Now-sponsored bills received bipartisan support for their common-sense approaches to improving children’s well-being.

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Jul 20, 2006

Senators Clinton and Brownback Keynote Conference on Digital Advertising Targeting Children

A conference including Senators Clinton (D-NY) and Brownback (R-KS) is being held today to explore current and emerging digital advertising practices targeting children.

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Jul 14, 2006

Disparities in San Diego Children's Well-Being Reflect Distribution of Mexican Immigrants

The issues affecting children in border communities should not be perceived as just on the border, according to new research issued by Children Now.

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Jun 27, 2006

How Children Fared in California State Budget

California budget reflects solid support for children’s education, including preschool, but fails to broaden children’s health coverage.

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Jun 27, 2006

California Losing Ground on National Indicators of Children's Well-being

Children’s well-being in California is no longer improving as steadily as it did in the late 1990s, according to a new report.

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May 17, 2006

Innovative Local Efforts Exemplify the Benefits of Providing Quality Preschool Programs to All Children

Several communities throughout California are successfully addressing the statewide need for increased access to quality preschool programs, according to a new report from Children Now.

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Mar 13, 2006

FCC Moves One Step Closer to New TV Rules

Children Now statement on the FCC’s vote to open the revised digital television rules for public comment.

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Mar 01, 2006

A New Era of Television Rules to Educate and Protect Children Begins Today

New TV rules ensure children continue to be provided three hours of educational programming per broadcast station per week.

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Jan 17, 2006

California Children and Economy Would Benefit If Proven Policies Were Implemented

New report by the Center for the Study of Social Policy offers a state-by-state analysis of effective policies and recommendations for California to consider.

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Jan 10, 2006

Children's Well-being Only Partially Addressed In Proposed 2006-07 State Budget

Gov. Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2006-07 state budget includes commendable funding increases for children’s health and education programs, but they are not nearly enough to actually fix the problems.

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