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2014 CA Childrens Report Card

2014 CA Childrens Report Card

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Published by Ralph Calhoun
2014 CA Childrens Report Card
2014 CA Childrens Report Card

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CALIFORNIACHILDREN’S REPORT CARD
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HOW KIDS ARE DOING IN OUR STATE AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT IT
 
© 2014 Children Now. All rights reserved.
 
 \ 32014 California Children’s Report Card
IF YOU’RE PRO-KID
®
, IT’S TIME TO SHOW IT
There is strong consensus in our state and country around the notions of equal opportunity for all children and giving kids a chance of having it better than their parents. Yet we are moving further and further away from these ideals despite widespread belief in them. To course correct, we have to acknowledge the facts and take the bold steps needed together. The reality in California is that most families lack the means and resources to provide their children with the basic building blocks of a productive life in the 21st century. Almost half of California’s children now live in low-income families. With inadequate access to high-quality early learning experiences, rigorous K-12 academics and enriching afterschool and summer programs, children growing up in lower-income families have disproportionately lower rates of high school graduation. Moreover, with limited access to basic health care services, too many of our state’s lower-income kids suffer needlessly from things like unmanaged asthma or untreated tooth decay. Despite strong public will to the contrary, a staggering number of children in our state lack access to the health and education supports they need to have a chance to reach their full potential, and that bodes very badly for the state’s future.The good news is that a mountain of research also says state investments in quality programs for kids would more than pay for themselves in terms of increased earnings and revenues, and a stronger overall economy, as well as decreased healthcare, corrections and other public costs later on. We’ve seen this play out numerous times in other states and countries around the world. California needs to start paying more attention to its kids.The
 2014 California Children’s Report Card 
 lets everyone know how kids in our state are really doing and what needs to be done about it from a public policy perspective. It covers the many education, health and child welfare issues – 27 in all – that work together to determine children’s well-being. Each one is defined, measured and graded – from A to F – to benchmark the past year and outline a path forward. Despite some positive recent efforts, children in California are doing very poorly overall.So, if you’re Pro-Kid
®
, it’s time to show it. If you’re a policymaker, the
Report Card 
 will inform your agenda for children. If you’re anyone else who wants to see kids’ health and education improved, join The Children’s Movement of California at www.childrennow.org/join. By connecting all the people and organizations that are Pro-Kid to one another, providing them with meaningful research and information and enabling their collective action, The Children’s Movement can tip the scales in children’s favor, where the vast majority of Californians want them to be. It’s the new force for change our kids need and deserve.Sincerely,
Ted LempertPresident

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