The Children's Initiative is...

a San Diego nonprofit organization that provides leadership, technical assistance, advocacy and cross-system collaboration to improve the lives of children and families. The Initiative identifies issues impacting children, youth and families in San Diego from community input and current San Diego data and research. The Children’s Initiative works to assist government, schools and community organizations in being more efficient, increasing investment in prevention and intervention programs, maximizing dollars for direct services in communities, reducing violence and crime, and increasing academic success for our children and youth.



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2015 San Diego After School Consortium Annual Report


Touching Minds, Shaping Futures
After School Program Staff Development Conference

Saturday, November 14, 2015
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lewis Middle School
5170 Greenbrier Ave.
San Diego, CA 92120

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Did you know that 1 in 3 children are behind a year or more in school?

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San Diego County Report Card on Children and Families - 2013

The County Board of Supervisors and the Children’s Initiative released the 2013 San Diego County Report Card on Children and Families on April 15, 2014, following an introduction by Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and Greg Cox. The newest Report Card tells us how our children and families are faring in the domains of health, education, welfare, and economic support. As a widely accepted guide for program and policy development in San Diego County, the Report Card provides not only trend and comparative data, but best practices for prevention and intervention, and specific recommendations for improving progress in San Diego County. In line with the efforts of Live Well, San Diego!, this edition adds five adult indicators to demonstrate the impact of health, safety and thriving across the life span to illustrate the interaction between child and adult risks.

This edition also includes feature boxes that highlight emerging concerns --- issues that may not yet have robust data, but that warrant attention. These feature boxes include trauma informed services, unidentified and unmet mental health needs of youth, refugee children in San Diego County, and commercial sexual exploitation of children.

The 2013 Report Card shows that we are making progress with 13 of the 25 indicators, including births to teens, oral health, school achievement, youth using cigarettes and alcohol, juvenile arrests and probation, DUI-related crashes, nutrition assistance, child abuse, unintentional injuries and infant mortality. The data also indicate that more work needs to be done to increase rates of immunization improve school attendance and reduce childhood poverty and marijuana use in 7th graders. For further information please contact Project Director, Operations Director, Sarah Mostofi.

Please click the link to download the 2013 San Diego County Report Card Executive Summary Booklet

San Diego County Report Card References and Data Sources

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