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Report: California is failing its children


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 nonprofit group.

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.

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