Use these reports and resources to gain insight into how California’s children are faring and advocate for change.
2020-21 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being
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.
The 2020 California Children’s Report Card
The California Children’s Report Card grades the state on its ability to support better outcomes for kids, from prenatal to age 26. Each grade is based on the state’s progress (or lack thereof) on passing and implementing state-level policies and making investments in the supports and services needed for all kids to reach their full potential. The Pro-Kid Agenda provides recommendations to the state’s leaders on how to improve outcomes for kids in each section.
The 2021 Pro-Kid Policy Agenda
The 2021 Pro-Kid Policy Agenda for California is the comprehensive state-level roadmap to ensure that all children have the necessary supports to reach their full potential.
In the first three years of a child’s life, foundational brain architecture is established, making children’s earliest experiences the most important. The creation of healthy brain architecture is dependent on good health, positive and nurturing relationships with adults, exposure to enriching learning opportunities, and safe neighborhoods.
Dental Care Coordination and Access to Care
This brief highlights the successful elements of care coordination within 12 of California’s Local Dental Pilot Projects (LDPPs), par t of the state’s Dental Transformation Initiative (DTI) and Section 1115(a) Medicaid Waiver, Medi-Cal 2020.
Proposition 56 Funds Are a Critical Support for Children’s Health in Medi-Cal
In 2016, California voters approved the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act (Proposition 56), to increase the excise tax rate on cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and other tobacco products…
Findings on Family Engagement from California Research Bureau
Now more than ever, it is critical that youth and families contribute to policy decision-making in child-serving programs. Evidence shows that meaningful family engagement in policymaking helps government more effectively support children and families, improving children’s outcomes.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Students in Foster Care
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school closures have further exacerbated the unique challenges that youth in foster care faced long before the pandemic and now put them at even greater risk of falling behind in school.
A Behavioral Health Policy Agenda for California’s Kids
Positive behavioral health outcomes are affected by a variety of factors including social, biological, economic and physical environments.
Children’s Medi-Cal Managed Care in California Counties
This analysis confirms previous studies showing that kids in California are not getting the medically necessary care they need in Medi-Cal, and further found underwhelming rates of preventive services, developmental screenings, asthma control, and children’s access to care across counties in the state.
California’s Cradle-to-Career Data Systems
This brief focuses on the multitude of education stakeholders and their key responsibilities which data could support. It provides an overview of the state’s approach to the design of the CCDS, as well as principles that should guide that work in the months to come.
Increasing Access to School-Based Mental Health in California
For school-aged children, locating services at school is effective and efficient: school-based health systems meet students where they are, eliminate transportation barriers, and improve both health and education outcomes.
Snapshot of Preventive Care and Performance Quality Data Gaps for Young Children and Adolescents in Medi-Cal
This infographic is a snapshot of preventive care and performance quality data gaps for young, and adolescent children in Medi-Cal.
Medi-Cal Performance for Children: Room for Quality Improvement and Additional Data Collection
Children Now analyzed new Child Core Set data found that there was significant room for quality improvement in child health.
Not Enough Adults to Go Around: Underfunded California Schools Provide Less Support for Kids
This brief compares three similar high schools in California, Illinois, and New Jersey to shine a light on how funds are spent and what California’s schools could look like if the funding level was increased.
Children Living in High-Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods
Using the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, the snapshot examines where concentrated poverty has worsened across the country, despite a long period of national economic expansion.
The Power of Leadership, Partnership, and Planning
California’s schools are facing increasing complexity when it comes to educating their student populations: the next generation of children is more diverse, more likely to live in low-income families, and are majority dual language learners.
Programs for Pregnant and Parenting Teens (formerly Cal-SAFE)
Programs for pregnant and parenting teens provide critical access and connections to health education, case management, and child development supports.
A New Era in Public Education – A Focus on Early Childhood
There is a tremendous opportunity for California to be one of the best educated, most diverse, multilingual populations in the world.
The Opportunity Gap for Children Across Contra Costa County
While many kids in Contra Costa County are thriving, others lack basic health, education, and financial supports they need for well-being and long-term success.
Financing New Approaches to Achieve Child Well Being
Nearly all children and youth in California are vulnerable to, or already experiencing, social, emotional, mental, and developmental stressors and impairments. Yet paradoxically most children are not receiving any supports, including services covered by their health insurance.
Leveraging Primary Care Practices to Increase Children’s Dental Utilization
Medical and dental professionals, health plans, clinics, and the various systems in a young child and family’s life should communicate and coordinate to advance a child’s oral health.
Setting a Medi-Cal Child Health Quality Agenda
Especially for younger children, quality health care through Medi-Cal has the potential to improve their lifetime trajectories, overall population health, and long-run efficiencies.
Screening Kids from Birth to Age 5 for Trauma
This brief focuses on children from birth to age 5, outlining key principles and recommendations that California and its child-serving organizations can adopt and implement when exploring how to effectively screen children for trauma in this age group.
Governor Proposes Pro-Kid Budget for 2019-20
Children Now applauds the Governor’s proposed budget which makes needed pro-kid investments in supports and services that will improve the lives of California’s young children.
The California Children’s Trust Initiative: Reimagining Child Well-Being
This brief describes the history of California’s mental health policies and financing that have impacted children over the last several decades, and presents a new evolution and possibilities for child well-being.
Leveraging MHSA Funding to Coordinate Mental Health Care for Children
The Mental Health Services Act provides funding to counties to improve children’s mental health. Learn from three counties that are leveraging MHSA funds to better coordinate care for children and youth.
The Importance of Development Screenings
California must improve developmental screenings for young kids. All kids should receive routine developmental screenings ot identify any potential developmental delays, yet, California’s screening rates are worsening, dropping from 30th in 2012 to 43rd in 2016.
Voluntary Evidence-Based Home Visiting in California
Research shows relationships fuel early brain development and provide the foundation for lifelong health and success. Home visiting can support parents in building these relationships during a physical demanding and emotional time.