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Report Rates Child Well-Being in California Counties [ChronicleOfSocialChange.org]

 

A new reportfrom Children Now details wide disparities in children’s well-being across California’s 58 counties.

The 2016–2017 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being looks at a series of indicators organized around the three domains of child welfare and economic well-being; health; and education.

The report provides a comparison over time for each of 28 indicators, as well as a breakdown by ethnicity on each data point for every county in the state.

Children Now, an advocacy organization based in Oakland, drew on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey estimates, the California Department of Social Services, California Department of Education and other data sources for its report.

The interactive online report found large gaps between white children and their African-American and Latino peers. For example, in looking at women who receive early prenatal care, 86 percent of expectant white mothers received such services, compared with 80 percent of Latino women and 77 percent of African-American women. And for children in the state’s foster-care system, 79 percent of African-American children exited to permanency within three years of entering the system, compared with 87 percent of white children and 84 percent of Latino children.

Northern California counties like Marin, Napa and San Mateo fared better on many indicators, including a greater likelihood that children would have health insurance and fewer children living in poverty.



[For more of this story, written by Jeremy Loudenback, go to https://chronicleofsocialchang...ornia-counties/22928]

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