by Catherine Brozowski
Every so often we come across a report that moves us with its staggering data on the well-being of California’s children. At the start of 2014, we have been getting releases of new reports, statistics, and information about the overall welfare and education of our kids. This report, produced by Children Now, is one of the best we have seen. It provides a strong summary of how California is doing in supporting (or not supporting) our children. With nearly half of our children being raised in low-income households, quality public education and complementary programs and services are paramount to setting a child on a path to life-long success.
The results are stark. California has a very long way to go in providing sufficient high quality early childhood education care, a rigorous education, or meeting the most basic health needs, such as access to preventative dental services. Statistics like this remind us of the need to challenge our system, and keep working for improvement.
Catherine Brozowski is Vice-President of the Orfalea Foundation