VICTORVILLE — An eye-opening report by Children Now reveals that
nearly two-thirds of California babies are born into low-income households.
The Golden State is falling short in supporting the healthy development
of the nearly 9 million children who live in the state, according to the
2018 California Children’s Report Card that was released by the
The reports focuses on 62 percent of the 1.5 million infants/toddlers from
California families who are born in low-income households.
These children are less likely to have access to high-quality health and
education services needed to reach their full potential, which ultimately
undermines the success of the state’s economic and civic future,
the report said.
The report calls on California’s leaders to create public policy
change to scale innovative, high-impact programs, and secure resources
and reforms to provide equitable opportunities from the very start of
a child’s life through young adulthood.
Kevin Mahaney, healthy community director for St. Joseph Health, St. Mary,
said several local agencies are working to improve the health of children
and youth in the High Desert and throughout San Bernardino County.
“We live in a challenging region, but we have many groups that are
fighting for the health, safety and lives of these children,” said
Mahaney, who praised the work done by groups like the First 5 California,
Apple Valley Unified School District, Community Health Action Network
(CHAN), Valley Star Crisis Walk-In Center and several others.