San Diego County Report Card on Children and Families

2011

report cardThe County Board of Supervisors and the Children’s Initiative released the 2011 San Diego County Report Card on Children and Families on February 28, 2012, following an introduction by Vice Chairman Greg Cox and Supervisor Dianne Jacob. 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. This Report Card expands its coverage and information with a section on the Health and Human Services Agency groundbreaking community health initiative, Live Well! San Diego.

This Report Card also introduces a new feature that expands its scope and usefulness. This edition introduces feature boxes that highlight emerging trends --- issues that may not yet have robust data, but that warrant attention. These feature boxes include the plight of our military families, preterm elective deliveries, chronic absence, disproportionate minority contact and children exposed to domestic violence among others.

The 2011 Report Card shows that we are making progress with 13 indicators, including births to teens, obesity, school achievement, youth using alcohol, juvenile arrests and probation, DUI-related crashes, nutrition assistance, health coverage, child abuse, unintentional injuries and infant mortality. The data also indicate that more work needs to be done to increase rates of immunization increase dental care, improve school attendance and reduce childhood poverty and domestic violence. For further information please contact Project Director, Linda Wong Kerberg.

2009

report cardThe 2009 edition of the Report Card was released by the County Board of Supervisors on February 9, 2010.  Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Supervisor Greg Cox introduced the agenda item releasing the Report Card to the Board of Supervisors. This new Report Card provides trend and comparative data illustrating the health and well-being of our children and families in the domains of health, education, welfare, and economic support. This Report Card will contain two new economic indicators added to better reflect the economic welfare of our county: use of Food Stamps and Poverty at 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. In addition we assess progress on previous recommendations for change, showing local successes. In response to community requests, the maps show data in more specific local detail.

The 2009 Report Card shows that progress was made for 14 indicators, including health coverage, oral health, school achievement, Food Stamps, child abuse, domestic violence and injuries.  San Diego County performance is better than both California and the nation for rates of infant mortality, child mortality, breastfeeding, immunization, enrollment in early care and education, health coverage, and poverty.  The Report  Card also points out the need for increased efforts to reduce youth substance abuse, youth drinking and driving, and to increase rates of prenatal care. Please click the link to download the 2009 San Diego County Report Card and the Executive Summary. For further information please contact Project Director, Paula Ingrum .

2007

report cardThe Children's Initiative and County Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox and Vice Chairwoman Dianne Jacob released the 2007 San Diego County Report Card on Children and Families on February 4, 2008. The new and revised Report Card documents the status of 25 leading indicators of child health and well-being and makes recommendations for program and policy change in San Diego. The Report Card has been honored with a 2009 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties and a Certificate of Merit from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce as a finalist for Most Innovative Product. The next edition of the Report Card is in progress and the planned release date is January 15, 2010.

The 2007 Report Card found that San Diego County performs better than the state and national averages on immunization, early care and education, and child poverty. Progress is shown in health coverage, injuries, and reading achievement. The Report Card underscores the need for increased efforts to reduce low birthweight births, youth-involved alcohol and drug related crashes, and childhood mortality. Please click the link to download the 2007 San Diego County Report Card and the Executive Summary. For further information please contact Project Director, Paula Ingrum.