Reports

Use these reports and resources to gain insight into how California’s children are faring and advocate for change.

Report

2018 California Children’s Report Card

2018 California Children’s Report Card shows, the vast majority of our state’s children face extraordinary challenges to reaching their full potential. Yet, the success of California’s economy and civil society ultimately depends on policies that tear down these barriers and give all kids access to the quality support they need to succeed—from quality, affordable child care to a rigorous education to health coverage to safety.

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Interactive Tool

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.

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The 2019-20 Pro-Kid Policy Agenda

The 2019–20 Pro-Kid Policy Agenda for California is the comprehensive roadmap at the state level for policymakers, stakeholders and others who want to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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Report

Starting Now®

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.

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Additional Resources

Policy Brief

Children Living in High-Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods

September 2019

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.

Policy Brief

The Power of Leadership, Partnership, and Planning

August 2019

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.

Policy Brief

Programs for Pregnant and Parenting Teens (formerly Cal-SAFE)

August 2019

Programs for pregnant and parenting teens provide critical access and connections to health education, case management, and child development supports.

Policy Brief

A New Era in Public Education – A Focus on Early Childhood

August 2019

There is a tremendous opportunity for California to be one of the best educated, most diverse, multilingual populations in the world.

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The Opportunity Gap for Children Across Contra Costa County

August 2019

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.

Policy Brief

Leveraging Primary Care Practices to Increase Children’s Dental Utilization

April 2019

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.

Policy Brief

Setting a Medi-Cal Child Health Quality Agenda

February 2019

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.

Policy Brief

Screening Kids from Birth to Age 5 for Trauma

January 2019

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.

Budget Analysis

Governor Proposes Pro-Kid Budget for 2019-20

January 2019

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.

Policy Brief

Leveraging MHSA Funding to Coordinate Mental Health Care for Children

July 2018

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.

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The Importance of Development Screenings

June 2018

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.

Policy Brief

Voluntary Evidence-Based Home Visiting in California

February 2018

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.

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Preserve MIECHV Funding

2016

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Medi-Cal: The Cornerstone of CA Kids’ Health Care

2016

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Asthma in California’s Kids, the Prevalance & the Price

2016