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

Oakland, CA – An interactive online data tool released today by Children Now delivers a timely, robust, easy-to-use snapshot of children’s overall well-being within California and in each of the state’s 58 counties. The 2014-15 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being presents county-level data organized by the categories of health, education, child welfare and economic well-being to encourage the sharing of best practices, foster collaboration, and support actions by policymakers and local advocates to improve the well-being of children in their communities.

“Too many California children lack access to high-quality early learning experiences, great schools, timely and integrated health care services, healthy foods and safe places to play,” said Ted Lempert, president of Children Now. “Solutions to these access and quality challenges need to meet the unique needs of individual communities. The Scorecard provides local leaders and stakeholders with a holistic view of children’s well-being to identify the most pressing needs of children living in their community, whether they live in Los Angeles or Del Norte County, are African American, White, or Latino.”

The Scorecard measures 29 key indicators of child well-being in California and across the 58 counties. To allow for a quick gauge of their progress in each area, the Scorecard also includes a 5-point star rating system for each county. And to contextualize the data, the tool compares data over a two year time-span, by race and ethnicity, to the California average and to other counties’ performances.

For example, the education indicator “3- and 4-year-olds who attend preschool” ranges from a low of 32 percent in Kern County to a high of 67 percent in San Francisco County and has a statewide average of 47 percent.  Additionally, “3rd graders who read at grade level” ranges from a low of 24 percent in Modoc County to a high of 66 percent in Marin County; and, within Marin County, from a low of 37 percent for Latino children to a high of 78 percent for White children.

The newly redesigned 2014-15 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being is available now at www.childrennow.org/scorecard2014. Additionally, Children Now has a demo video to learn about the new tool.

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