California ranks 38th in overall child well-being

California ranks 38th in overall child well-being

California may be No. 1 in efforts to cope with climate change but its rank in term's overall child well-being is quite bad, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's latest survey report.

The recently released 2015 Kids Count Profile ranked the Golden State at the 38th spot in the United States in overall child well-being. It blamed parents' low income, poverty and high housing costs for the problem.

It noted that the benefits of the economic resurgence have failed to evenly filtering down, which left the Golden State's kids at 49th spot in the country in economic well-being.

Jessica Mindnich, the director of research for Oakland-based advocacy group Children Now, described the state's law rank in overall child well-being as "really alarming." She stressed that it's urgent to improve opportunities for the state's needy kids.

Commenting on California's law ranking, Mindnich said, "If we don't lift kids from the bottom, we will never get to where we want to be in education. We have the money in the state to do better. But too many kids and families are really struggling to scrape by."

Nearly 23 per cent or one in every four children lives in poverty in the state. The toll is even higher in Silicon Valley, where even three minimum-wage jobs collectively would fall $10,000 short of what a family of three needs to meet necessities.

The only bright spot noted by the survey is decline in the percentage of high school students who didn't graduate on time from 29 per cent in 2012 to 18 per cent this year.

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