An interactive, online report, the 2020-21 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being delivers a current and comprehensive picture of children’s health, education, and welfare in every one of California’s 58 counties. This report provides county-level data mapping, tracking key indicators of child well-being across counties, over time, and by race and ethnicity.

Data that has been suppressed due to small sample size or large margin of error, or data that is unavailable is in gray.

The 2020-21 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being reflects the collective efforts of all Children Now staff, with special thanks to our policy experts who contributed whole-child policy expertise in health, education, child welfare, and early childhood.

Strategic direction, project oversight, and communication strategy by: Adrienne Bell, Kelly Hardy, Ted Lempert

Research, data analysis, and project management by: Ashley De Alba, Kelly Hardy, and Kamryn Sung

Interface design and development by: Jack Leng

2021-2022 back-end system update by: Aardonyx Software

Visual design by: Nima Rahni


Thank you

Children Now would also like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their contributions to the development and dissemination of the 2020-21 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being:

Jaime Adler, American Cancer Society, Inc.; LouAnn Barr, California Department of Public Health; Map colors based on www.ColorBrewer.org, by Cynthia A. Brewer, Penn State; Priya Dasika & Linh Le, California Department of Health Care Services; Beth Jarosz & Alicia VanOrman, Population Reference Bureau; Tia Shimada, Nourish California; Staff, California Department of Education; Ben Trigg & Cindy Zheng, WestEd.



Primary funding and support for the 2020-21 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being is provided by The California Endowment and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Additional supporters include: Blue Shield of California Foundation and the Pacific Life Foundation.



Special thanks to Children Now’s Board of Directors and Leadership Council

We thank the Annie E. Casey Foundation for their support and acknowledge that the findings and conclusions presented in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Foundation.

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