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Voluntary Home Visiting in CA

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A Strong Start for Families: Voluntary Home Visiting in California



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There were 502,879 children born in 2014 in California.1 Nearly half of the state’s births (45%) are funded by Medi-Cal2 and only 49% of families can afford basic living expenses.3

In 2014, five percent of mothers were under age 20.4

Sixty two percent of births in California were to mothers with household incomes lower than 200% of the federal poverty level.5

Only 84% of all women receive early prenatal care, and even fewer African-American women (79%) do.5

7% of babies are born at low birth weight and susceptible to health and learning difficulties throughout childhood.6

Over 1 in 6 women report being depressed for a prolonged period while pregnant (16.4%) or after the birth of their baby (16%), with higher rates among Latina mothers (20.1%) and African-American mothers (23.8%) when compared to White moms (11.2%).6

In fact, prenatal depressive rates are nearly twice as high when compared to White and Asian moms.7

One of every 11 California women report experiencing intimate partner violence during their pregnancy, and more than 1 in 6 African-American moms do.8

6.7% of California babies are born at low birth weight,9 making them susceptible to health and learning difficulties throughout their childhood.

Only 62% of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are read to every day by an adult, and for Latino children, the rate is even lower – 54%.10

Of the 6,267 babies and 5,551 toddlers referred to Child Protective Services in 2015,11

6.1% will experience recurring neglect or abuse.12

Notes 

  1. “Maternity Care in California: Delivering the Data,” California Health Care Almanac, June 2016. http://www.chcf.org/ ~/media/ MEDIA%20LIBRARY%20Files/PDF/PDF%20M/ PDF%20MaternityCareCalifornia2016.pdf

  2. “Maternity Care in California: Delivering the Data,” California Health Care Almanac, June 2016. http://www.chcf.org/ ~/media/ MEDIA%20LIBRARY%20Files/PDF/PDF%20M/ PDF%20MaternityCareCalifornia2016.pdf

  3. Pearce, Diana, Center for Women’s Welfare, School of Social Work, University of Washington, 2012. http://www.insightcced.org/ tools-metrics/ self-sufficiency-standard-tool-for-california/

  4. “Maternity Care in California: Delivering the Data,” California Health Care Almanac, June 2016. http://www.chcf.org/ ~/media/MEDIA%20LIBRARY%20Files/ PDF/PDF%20M/ PDF%20MaternityCareCalifornia2016.pdf

  5. "Maternity Care in California: Delivering the Data,” California Health Care Almanac, June 2016.http://www.chcf.org/ ~/media/MEDIA%20LIBRARY%20Files/PDF/ PDF%20M/ PDF%20MaternityCareCalifornia2016.pdf

  6. “Birth Statistical Master Files,” California Department of Public Health, Center for Health Statistics, 2013. As cited on kidsdata.org. http://www.kidsdata.org/topic/ 312/prenatalcare/table#fmt=94&loc=2,127, 347,1763,331,348,336,171,321,345,357,332,324, 369,358, 362,360,337,327,364,356,217,353,328,354,323, 352,320, 339, 334,365,343,330,367,344,355,366,368,265, 349,361,4, 273, 59,370,326,333, 322,341,338,350,342,329, 325,359,351, 363,340,335&tf=73

  7. “MIHA Snapshot, California by race/Ethnicity, 2012,” Maternal and Infant Health Assessment (MIHA) Survey, 2012. Web. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/data/ surveys/MIHA/MIHASnapshots/SnapshotbyRace2012.pdf

  8. “MIHA Snapshot, California by race/Ethnicity, 2012,” Maternal and Infant Health Assessment (MIHA) Survey, 2012. Web. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/data/ surveys/MIHA/MIHASnapshots/SnapshotbyRace2012.pdf

  9. http://www.datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables /5425-low-birthweight-babies#detailed/2/6/false /869,36,868,867,133/any/11984,11985

  10. California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). Children Now used “askCHIS” to create multiyear estimates, pooling data for years 2011-2014.

  11. “Children with Entries to Foster Care, Child Population (0-17), and Incidence Rates,” California Child Welfare Indicators Project, 2015. Web.http://cssr.berkeley.edu /ucb_childwelfare/EntryRates.aspx

  12. “No Recurrence of Maltreatment,” California Child Welfare Indicators Project, 2015. Web. http://cssr.berkeley.edu/ ucb_childwelfare/S1M1.aspx

A Strong Start for Families:Voluntary Home Visiting in California was developed and created by Children Now. 

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