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ERIC Number: ED568674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 90
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
2016 California Children's Report Card: A Survey of Kids' Well-Being & a Roadmap for the Future
Bonetti, Sara; Mindnich, Jessica; Silva, Amy
Children Now
California is home to more than 9 million children. With 12 percent of the nation's children, the well-being of California kids has a big impact on the well-being of children nationally. Unfortunately, California recently ranked 38th out of 50 states in children's well-being. Research has shown a strong connection between children's socioeconomic status and overall well-being. California ranks 49th on measures of kids' economic well-being, surpassing only Mississippi. While it is a prosperous state, around 1 in 4 California children lives in poverty. California is also one of the most diverse states in the US. The state's children are racially, ethnically, linguistically and culturally diverse. Today, 1 in every 2 children are Latino, and 22 percent of students are English learners (EL) from at least 60 different language groups. Nearly half the state's children (4.4 million) live in immigrant families, and the majority of those (91%) are U.S. citizens. Yet research consistently finds large disparities in kids' well-being based on racial, ethnic and language background. In a state as diverse as California, the future civic and economic well-being hinges on closing those gaps, and ensuring every child is healthy, well-educated and safe. This year's Report Card presents statistics that bear out what is known about inequality and the widening opportunity gap kids face. Presented are disparities in school suspensions and expulsions for African American students, who are three times more likely to experience those disciplinary measures than white students. Readers will find strong evidence that inequities can be addressed with smart policies, like investing in quality child care and preschool and reforms like the Local Control Funding Formula, which helps ensure that English language learners, kids in foster care and the more than three million low-income students in the state will have more resources directed to them. The report card is organized into the following sections: (1) Education; (2) Health; and (3) Child Welfare. [This report was written with the support of Justin Hui, Karen Huynh, Alanna Peebles, and Koji Takahashi.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Authoring Institution: Children Now
Identifiers - Location: California