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2018-19 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being


An interactive, online report, the 2018-19 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.

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Credits & Acknowledgments


The 2018-19 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, Elizabeth Cavagnaro, Kelly Hardy, Ted Lempert

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

Interface design and development by: Jack Leng 

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 2018-19 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being:

LouAnn Barr and Nichole Sturmfels, MPH, California Department of Public Health; Map colors based on, by Cynthia A. Brewer, Penn State; Shubhangi Domokos, Consultant; Tia Shimada, MPH, California Food Policy Advocates; Staff, California Department of Education; Ben Trigg, WestEd; Alicia G. VanOrman, Ph.D., Population Reference Bureau.


Primary funding and support for the 2018-19 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being is provided by The California Endowment and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.  

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Additional sponsors include: UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California.

Support for this project is also provided by: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; The David and Lucile Packard Foundation; The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; The James Irvine Foundation; Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; Hurlbut-Johnson Charitable Trusts; May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust; and Weingart  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.