California Gets Poor Ratings for Child Wellbeing in New Report

The kids are not alright.

That’s the depressing takeaway from a new report on state trends in child wellbeing, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

The researchers ranked California near the bottom of the list of states in terms of how its youth are faring. California was 43rd in economic wellbeing, 35th in education, 10th in health, and 37th in family and community. 

Chronic absenteeism remains a serious problem, according to the data. Before the pandemic, 12.1% of students were considered chronically absent in California. By 2021-2022, that percentage swelled to 30%. Over half of children ages three and four are not in school and less than a quarter of eighth graders are proficient in math. 

Click here to see the data profile for California.



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