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Report Finds California 38th in Nation in Kids' Well-Being

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015   

OAKLAND, Calif. – California is ranked 38th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the Kids Count Data Book, released today by the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Researchers looked at federal statistics from 2008 to 2013 and ranked states on topics including health, education and economics in terms of how they affect children.

Jessica Mindnich from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's California affiliate, Children Now, says the results are unacceptable in such a wealthy state.

"We're the eighth-largest economy in the world and yet, we have one in four kids living in poverty," she says. "In fact, we're ranked 49th in economic well-being."

One bright spot for California kids in the report is the Golden State is ranked 14th in the nation for children's health, up from 26th the year before.

Mindnich says the jump in healthcare is due, in part, to California's aggressive implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The state has also opted to allow parents of undocumented children to enroll their kids in Medi-Cal as of next year.

"As a result of policy decisions over the last few years, having all kids with health insurance is actually a possibility in this state for the first time, and that's really exciting," she says.

In education, the survey ranks California 38th, although Mindnich says the state has made significant progress in returning K-through-12 funding to 2008 levels, adding 21,000 additional pre-school slots for needy kids, and implementing Common Core education standards.


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