Latest Test Results Underscore Stark Inequities Impacting California K-12 Students

Reading Proficiency Among California Students Tested in 2021, by Race/Ethnicity

Bar display of reading profiency among students students tested in 2021, by Race/Ethnicity

The annual California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests typically are completed by more than 95% of public-school students statewide in grades 3 through 8 and 11. But testing did not occur in 2020 because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, and in 2021 fewer than 25% of students completed the tests.

While the latest data represent only a fraction of students, the results—supported by a California Department of Education analysis of individual students’ scores across time—point to continued struggles with disparities in math and reading proficiency across racial and ethnic groups and socioeconomic levels.

Key 2021 findings:

  • Statewide, only about one-third of students who were tested met or exceeded their grade-level standards in math, and less than half of students met or exceeded standards in reading (English language arts).
  • Among racial/ethnic groups for which data are available, at least 60% of Asian, Filipino, multiracial, and white students scored proficient in reading, compared with fewer than 45% of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black, Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students. Math proficiency results show a similar achievement gap between these same groups.
  • Students with limited English language skills (English learners)—who tend to have added academic challenges compared with English-fluent students—were less likely to be proficient in reading and math.
  • Among students who were socioeconomically disadvantaged—those eligible for free or reduced-price school meals or whose parents did not finish high school—only 20% scored proficient in math versus more than 50% of students who were not disadvantaged. Similarly, just over one-third of disadvantaged students were proficient in reading, compared with about two-thirds of their peers without socioeconomic disadvantage.

Substantial academic inequities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status have endured statewide and nationally for decades. While major education policy reforms have taken place in recent years, California leaders face ongoing challenges in serving six million K-12 public school students, more than half of whom are socioeconomically disadvantaged and more than one in six are English learners. Continued efforts are needed to ensure that all students—regardless of race, language, social position, or circumstance—have equitable access to high-quality learning environments, instruction, and supports necessary for their success.

KidsData in the News

Mental Health Crisis: Calaveras Students Experience Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, High Rates of Abuse

A Calaveras Enterprise report on youth mental health in Calaveras County includes KidsData figures on depression and child maltreatment.

How the Deadly COVID-19 Pandemic Has Forever Changed the Nation

In a KCBS interview, KidsData Acting Director Beth Jarosz discusses how the pandemic has affected California’s children.

Children’s Health Resources

Data Playbook for Prevention Action Planning

KidsData is featured in this guide developed by Safe and Sound to help counties source, select, gather, analyze, and share data to create effective child maltreatment prevention plans.

Community Strategies to Address California’s Digital Divide and Its Impact on Children and Families (PDF)

This new report by PACEs Connection and the California Essentials for Childhood Initiative focuses on the impact of the digital divide on children’s health and well-being and on the communities in which children live, grow, and play.

Recently Released Data

We recently released data about children’s emotional health, foster care, math proficiency, and reading proficiency. See links to the latest here.

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Child Maltreatment Cases Declined During Pandemic, But Are Children Safer?

Children With Substantiated Reports of Abuse or Neglect, 2000-2020

Trend of children with substantiated cases of abuse, 2000-2020

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, an opportunity to encourage action to ensure that every child has a safe and nurturing home environment. If not prevented or addressed, child maltreatment can disrupt healthy brain development and have lasting negative effects on physical well-being, mental health, and life opportunities.

According to the latest data, 61,419 California children under age 18 were confirmed victims of abuse or neglect in 2020, down from 69,680 in 2019. While the rate of children with confirmed (substantiated) reports of maltreatment has been falling for 20 years, the drop in 2020 was particularly sharp, at more than 10%. In addition, the rate of children alleged (reported) to have been abused or neglected declined by more than 17% in 2020, after holding fairly steady for two decades.

Do these declines in maltreatment cases mean children were safer in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic? Child welfare experts have mixed views.

It’s important to remember that the data presented here do not capture child maltreatment that is never reported. Also, the pandemic’s impacts will vary according to each family’s risk and protective factors.

Some leaders and scholars suggest that because many families faced increased stress and financial hardship—two risk factors for maltreatment—children may have been less safe in 2020. Moreover, closures of schools, child-care centers, and public places meant children had less contact with adults outside the home who could witness and report suspected maltreatment. In other words, the dip may have been in reporting, rather than in maltreatment itself.

According to other experts, it’s possible that children were safer in 2020, as government assistance alleviated financial stress for some families, and more time together at home may have strengthened child-caregiver relationships. Ultimately, it’s difficult to determine whether the declines in 2020 figures are due to decreases in maltreatment, underreporting, or both.

Even if declines in the most recent data reflect improved child safety overall, concerning trends persist:

  • Increasingly, the state’s youngest children face the highest risk for reported and substantiated maltreatment. In 2020, 46% of confirmed victims were under age 6, up from 39% in 2000.
  • In California, more than 7 in 10 children with substantiated reports of maltreatment suffer general neglect. The inability to provide for a child’s basic needs is often related to inadequate family income or access to support services.
  • Statewide and nationally, African American/Black and American Indian/Alaska Native children are consistently overrepresented at all stages of involvement with the child welfare system, from reported and substantiated maltreatment to removal from home and placement in foster care. This is due to an array of complex factors, including systemic racism and bias, that disadvantage communities of color.

Child maltreatment can be eliminated through strategies that address socioeconomic inequities; improve the quality and availability of support services, particularly for groups at risk; and promote protective factors at the individual, family, community, and system levels. In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we all can embrace children’s well-being as a shared responsibility and take action to support children and families in our communities. Read more about ways to prevent child abuse and neglect.

KidsData in the News

Domestic Violence in California: Signs of Abuse and First Steps to Get Help

A Sacramento Bee report on domestic violence referenced a recent KidsData blog on intimate partner violence (subscription required).

Expertos aconsejan vacunar a los niños para evitar que 2022 sea el peor año para los menores

A La Opinión report quoted KidsData Deputy Director Beth Jarosz on trends in child COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Health Data Resource

Building Up Communities by Breaking Down Data

Only by disaggregating data can we understand enough to make wise policy decisions that build up our communities. Read more.

Recently Released Data

We recently released data about child abuse and neglect, pupil support services, school attendance and discipline, and student demographics. See links to the latest here.

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Calls for Assistance Don’t Tell Full Story of Intimate Partner Violence During the Pandemic

Domestic Violence Calls for Assistance per 1,000 Adults, by County, 2020

Map of domestic violence calls for assistance by California county for 2020, with a rate per 1,000 adults.

Increases in intimate partner violence (IPV) after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 have been widely documented, as many families experienced financial strain, social isolation, and other pressures. IPV may involve stalking, psychological aggression, sexual coercion or violence, or physical violence by a current or past intimate partner. Survivors of IPV—and the children who witness it—may experience immediate psychological trauma and physical injuries, as well as increased risks of long-term emotional, social, and health problems.

About one in three California parents/caregivers of children under age 18 experienced at least one form of IPV—psychological or physical—during the first 16 months of the pandemic, according to July 2021 estimates. More than one in four caregivers experienced psychological IPV, and one in six caregivers experienced physical violence.

While IPV occurs across all demographic groups, caregivers of children with special health care needs (CSHCN) were particularly impacted. In the first 16 months of the pandemic, nearly half (49%) of CSHCN caregivers experienced some type of IPV, 41% experienced psychological IPV, and 29% experienced physical IPV—more than twice the estimates for caregivers without CSHCN.

Percentage of Caregivers Experiencing IPV During COVID-19 Pandemic, by Household CSHCN Status, July 2021

Bar chart of percentage of California caregivers experiencing intimate partner violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, for caregivers in households with children with special health care needs, households without children with special health care needs, and all households, as of July 2021.

In 2020, 160,646 domestic violence calls for assistance were made to California authorities—a rate of 6.1 calls per 1,000 adults ages 18 to 69. Although statewide figures held steady between 2019 and 2020, a majority of counties saw their rates increase.

Why do calls for assistance and caregiver reports paint a different picture of IPV in California? Data on domestic violence calls, while concerning, likely represent only a portion of IPV incidents. Many who experience IPV do not seek help, and “domestic violence” captures only certain acts and threats of physical injury, subject to interpretation by law enforcement. High rates of IPV among caregivers during the pandemic point to a more serious public health issue, and a greater need for services and supports to address the impacts of IPV on survivors, children, and families.

Fortunately, IPV can be prevented. Efforts targeted at teenagers and young adults are critical, as younger partners are at higher risk than older groups. Policymakers and other leaders can support cross-sector, comprehensive strategies at the individual, family, and community levels. For example, schools can provide safe, supportive environments and programs to teach youth healthy relationship skills, while policymakers can fund family support services and strengthen the safety net to improve family financial security. Read more about what can be done to prevent and address IPV.

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‘A Gentler Start’ as Local School Districts Prepare to Expand Transitional Kindergarten

A Mountain View Voice report on state plans for expanding transitional kindergarten cites KidsData’s indicator of annual child care costs.

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Children Born During Pandemic May Experience Slight Neurodevelopmental Delays

A new study by researchers at Columbia University and the Columbia Population Research Center shows that infants born during the pandemic—regardless of whether their mothers had COVID-19 during pregnancy—scored slightly lower on certain tests of neurodevelopment at six months old, compared to a similar group of infants born before the pandemic.

Recently Released Data

We recently released data about characteristics of children with special needs, intimate partner violence, nutrition, and school climate. See links to the latest here.

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Child Poverty: Why Measurement Matters

Children in Poverty According to Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2020

Screenshot of SPM Child Poverty Rates

The way poverty is measured plays a role in the distribution of emergency relief during periods of economic instability. What policymakers mean when they talk about poverty has implications for the function and scope of the social safety net in ensuring children and families have the resources necessary for an adequate standard of living.

The share of children in poverty is often quantified according to the official poverty measure based on federal poverty thresholds. Developed in 1963, this measure compares a family’s pre-tax cash income against an inflation-adjusted threshold derived from the cost of a minimally adequate diet. It does not account for in-kind resources, non-food expenses, or geographic variations in the cost of living.

The Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) was developed to address shortcomings of the official poverty measure by accounting for a range of common expenditures and government benefits. Additionally, the SPM adopts a broader view of resource and expense sharing among individuals living together, extending the definition of a family to include unmarried partners and their children, along with unrelated and foster children. SPM thresholds also are adjusted according to whether a family rents or owns their home.

The California Poverty Measure (CPM) builds on the SPM method, with adjustments tailored to the state’s unique population, policies, and benefits. For example, the CPM incorporates California-specific safety net supports, correction for survey underreporting of program participation, and finer geographic detail in housing cost adjustments.

Read more about how poverty in the United States is measured and why it matters.

Also learn more about these and other measures of economic well-being available on KidsData.org.

Children’s Health Resource

A new PRB Population Bulletin, “Dying Young in the United States,” spotlights the wide gap in death rates between Americans under age 25 and their peers in other wealthy countries. Explore why policies that reduce child poverty, address interlocking systems of racial/ethnic discrimination, and improve health care access for all families could lower the country’s disproportionately high death rate.

Recently Released Data

We recently released data about intimate partner violence and family income and poverty. See links to the latest here.

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Quick Tip: Receive Customized Data Alerts

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Stay current on the data that matter most to you. Subscribe to Data Alerts and receive an email notification every time we update data related to the specific interests you select. Visit Email Subscriptions to select and edit your preferences.

  • Topics: Choose one or more of KidsData.org’s 57 topics on children’s well-being or sign up from any indicator page to receive an alert when data in that indicator’s topic are updated.
  • Regions: Select any county, city, school district, or legislative district statewide, then follow the link in your alert to view a customized table with the most recent data for just your chosen location(s).
  • Demographic Groups: Specify your priority populations to take advantage of our demographic breakdowns—gender, age group, race/ethnicity, income level, sexual orientation, and more.

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Sign up for Data Alerts and the next time you need updated data for reporting, program planning, or evaluation, the numbers you’re looking for will be just a click away.

Note: If your interests are broad, don’t worry—multiple selections do not make your preferences more specific; you’ll receive Data Alerts whenever data matching any of your selections are updated.

Recently Released Data

We recently released data about unemployment, family income and poverty, and food security. See links to the latest here.

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The Importance of Feeling Safe and Connected at School

Youth With High, Medium, and Low Levels of School Connectedness Who Feel Very Unsafe at School, 2017-2019

School safety plays a crucial role in youth’s development and academic success. Students who feel safe at school tend to have better emotional health and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. That sense of safety contributes to an overall feeling of connection. School connectedness is measured as feeling happy, safe, close to people, a part of school, and believing teachers treat students fairly.

In California, 20% of students in grades 7, 9, 11, and non-traditional programs who had low connectedness felt very unsafe at school, according to the latest available data. In contrast, fewer than 3% of their peers who had a higher level of connection to school felt very unsafe.

Both safety and connectedness can be improved by providing schools with adequate support to create positive climates and expand the workforce of qualified mental health professionals serving youth. Supporting schools in these needed improvements can help students feel safer and more connected to school. Learn more about other policies and practices to improve school safety and connectedness.

Funding for KidsData.org’s latest information on school safety is provided by the California Department of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, Rape Prevention and Education Program.

Webinar Now Available

In case you missed it, our latest webinar recording and slides are now available! During the webinar, “Child Well-Being During the Pandemic,” Lori Turk-Bicakci, KidsData’s director, explored findings on caregivers’ concerns about their children’s mental health and educational progress. Tracy Mendez, California School-Based Health Alliance’s executive director, shared how school-based health centers (SBHCs) can help address concerns about student health and well-being. See recording and slides.

 

Recently Released Data

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Child and Family Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Child and Family Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic provides quick access to data available on KidsData.org that describe life disruptions and emotional and behavioral consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The data help measure the pandemic’s impact on children and caregivers, builds understanding of how families are faring, and suggests where support might be most needed.

Access data on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on critical areas of children’s health and well-being:

Data are available for California and seven regions within California. At the state level, findings are broken down by income level, race/ethnicity, and presence of a child with special health care needs in the household. Visit the topic summary page for more information and links to additional research.

Sign up for KidsData News to receive periodic highlights on child well-being from this questionnaire and other noteworthy data sources.

Caregivers Share Their Thoughts

Caregivers responding to the Child and Family Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic questionnaire reflected on caring for their children during the pandemic.

“I feel like I have become more loving, considerate, and patient with my children. The need to stay home has helped us create structure. I thought I was going to get irritated by having my kids home with me all the time, but it’s really been the opposite.”

“I’ve had to let go of a lot of expectations and have really learned what is important.”

“The biggest issue is protecting my child from my own anxiety and worries. She’s young enough that her daily life isn’t too disrupted but old enough to know the grownups are upset.”

About the Data Source

The data come from a national questionnaire covering a wide range of content areas to help inform on the pandemic’s impact. The questionnaire, Family Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic, was designed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), and Tufts Medical Center, Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences (HOPE). Findings from the questionnaire are intended to inform experts at AAP, CDC, PCAA, and HOPE on the pandemic’s effects on families and help them produce resources for medical practitioners, caregivers, and others.

In California, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (LPFCH) and the California Department of Public Health Essentials for Childhood Initiative (EfC) led by the California Department of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch and the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention, funded an oversample of the questionnaire to produce findings at the sub-state level and about children with special health care needs. Findings will inform policy makers, program leaders, advocates, and others about how experiences varied within California and to what extent families with children with special health care needs faced greater challenges.

The questionnaire was administered in California in three waves across nine months. The first wave was administered from Nov. 9, 2020 to Dec. 11, 2020, the second wave was administered from March 22, 2021 to April 12, 2021, and the third wave was administered July 8, 2021 to July 27, 2021.

To learn more about the development of the questionnaire and access national-level findings, visit Family Snapshots: Life During the Pandemic on the American Academy of Pediatrics website.

Questionnaire Sample

In California, wave one included 1,526 caregivers who had at least one child under age 18 in the household. Wave two included 1,520 caregivers, and wave three included 1,602 caregivers. Most caregivers were married or in a domestic partnership (69% in wave one, 72% in wave two, and 73% in wave three). In wave one, 29% of caregivers had at least one child with a special health care need in the household; in wave two, it was 35% of caregivers; and in wave three, it was 34% of caregivers. Children with special health care needs have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.

Demographics were similar in each wave. Using wave one as representative of all waves, just over half of caregivers were female (54%). The racial/ethnic characteristics of caregivers included Hispanic (49%), white (28%) Asian (9%), Black (5%), and Native American (2%). About the same percentage of caregivers in all three waves had a high school diploma (30%), attended some college or had a two-year degree (29%), or had a four-year or post-graduate degree (30%), while 12% of caregivers did not have a high school diploma.

Annual household income differed slightly across the waves. The percentage of caregivers who reported incomes under $30,000 decreased (28% in wave one, 25% in wave two, and 22% in wave three), while reports of incomes at $100,000 and above increased (25% in waves one and two and 29% in wave three).

In each wave, data are weighted to reflect caregivers for children under age 18 in California.

Related Webinars

Nov. 18, 2021:Child Well-Being During the Pandemic” [slides]. Presenters Lori Turk-Bicakci from KidsData and Tracy Mendez from the California School-Based Health Alliance provide an overview of three waves of data from the Family Experiences During COVID-19 Pandemic Questionnaire and discuss how school-based health centers can help address concerns. The webinar was sponsored by the California Department of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch and the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention’s Essentials for Childhood Initiative.

Apr. 29, 2021:Family Experiences During COVID-19 Pandemic Data” [slides]. Drs. Robert Sege from the HOPE Project at Tufts Medical Center and Lori Turk-Bicakci from KidsData provide an overview of the questionnaire and cover national and California-level findings. The webinar was sponsored by the California Department of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch and the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention’s Essentials for Childhood Initiative.

Data on Family Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Education, Health Care, and Social Activities

Economic Security

Supportive Services

Emotional and Behavioral Health

Child and Caregiver Safety

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Positive Childhood Experiences

Caring for Children With Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)

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Caregivers Express Concern About Children’s Educational Progress

Caregivers’ Concern That Their Children Are Falling Behind in School, California, July 2021

In March 2020, many students faced an abrupt and confusing change to their schooling as restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic kept them from physically attending school. In November 2020, 72% percent of California caregivers reported that their children’s school had closed at some point in the first nine months of the pandemic. Students across the state had varied experiences with remote instruction, including the amount of time they attended virtual school, the quality of remote learning, access to needed technology, and more. Even if a child did not experience school closure, their education may have been disrupted with new routines, leading many caregivers to wonder, “Is my child falling behind in school?”

Caregivers shared their thoughts on the Family Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic questionnaire. Nearly two-thirds of California caregivers (65%) were concerned that their youngest school-aged child was falling behind in school at the end of the 2020-2021 school year, including 29% who were moderately concerned and 17% who were extremely concerned. A father of a 10-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy shared, “As a parent, I worried about my children’s education. I think that was the biggest concern… so I tried to help them and make the remote studying [more] acceptable.”

It is too soon to know whether concerns about educational progress foretell academic outcomes. Early in the pandemic, high school graduation rates stayed nearly flat, with about 84% of California students graduating in 2019 and 2020. Among third-graders, about half of all students met or exceeded grade level standards in English language arts (49%) and mathematics (50%) in 2019, but because of temporary testing suspensions, more recent data are unavailable. As students continue to fulfill graduation requirements and academic testing resumes, future data collection will fill in the story of pandemic-induced academic disruption.

National-level findings show that caregivers who were somewhat to extremely concerned about their child falling behind in school were more than twice as likely to spank, slap, or hit their child than those who reported no concern (22% compared with 10%). This finding, along with additional findings and recommendations, was published in an American Academy of Pediatrics snapshot, “Parental Concern About Children Falling Behind in School During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Prevent Child Abuse America, and Tufts Medical Center. Based on this finding, pediatricians and others might ask parents about their children’s education and how they are dealing with their concerns. Resources for pediatricians and families can help provide guidance.

Children’s Health Resource

Historic Crisis, Historic Opportunity: Using Evidence to Mitigate the Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis on Young Children and Early Care and Education Programs is a policy brief from the Education Policy Initiative at the University of Michigan. It shares findings from a systematic review of 76 studies on early care and education programs during the pandemic and offers policy recommendations.

Webinar

Join us for a webinar where we will further explore the findings on caregivers’ concerns about their children’s educational progress. During the webinar, Child Well-Being During the Pandemic, Lori Turk-Bicakci, KidsData’s director, will discuss this topic and provide an overview of its data source, share findings, and demonstrate how to access the data on the KidsData website. Also, Tracy Mendez, California School-Based Health Alliance’s executive director, will share information on the pandemic’s impact on young people from the perspective of school-based health centers (SBHCs) and how SBHCs can help address concerns about student health and well-being.

The webinar will take place on November 18th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (PST). Please register here.

Recently Released Data

We recently released data about high school graduation, college eligibility, and physical fitness. See links to the latest here.

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Caregivers Express Concern About Children’s Mental Health

Caregivers’ Concern for Their Children’s Emotional or Mental Health, California, July 2021

Disruptions to everyday life, particularly on a mass scale, have the potential to shape children in profound ways. Social isolation, canceled recreational activities, and interrupted school routines, coupled with fear of the unknown related to the COVID-19 pandemic, may be harming children’s mental health and progressing into distressing behaviors. Reports from caregivers provide mounting evidence that they are highly concerned for their children’s well-being, and the need for intervention may be great.

In the May 2020 issue of KidsData News, we summarized research that may help us understand the possible impacts of a pandemic on children’s mental health. Now, data from the Family Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic questionnaire offer us a glimpse of how California children are faring.

A majority of caregivers are concerned about their children’s mental health. Almost two-thirds of California caregivers (65%) were concerned about their oldest child’s emotional or mental well-being during the previous month when asked in July 2021, including 31% who were moderately concerned and 12% who were extremely concerned.

Even before the pandemic, data from the California Health Interview Survey and the California Healthy Kids Survey suggested mounting mental health challenges among California youth. From 2005 to 2017-2018, the percentage of youth ages 12 to 17 who needed help in the previous 12 months for emotional or mental health problems increased from 17% to 23%. Additionally, the percentage of 7th grade students who in the previous year felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more increased from 25% in 2011-2013 to 30% in 2017-2019. In time, we will see how these data change with the progress of the pandemic and current interventions.

Early detection and intervention for mental health challenges has grown in importance since the pandemic began. Addressing these challenges through schools, where children are most often present outside the home, may be one feasible approach.

A trio of major national-level statements on the critical need to broadly address children’s mental health were released on October 19th, and they include school-based supports as a promising approach to intervention. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association have joined together to declare a National State of Emergency in Children’s Mental Health. The White House issued a fact sheet, Improving Access and Care for Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions. In addition, the U.S. Department of Education released a resource, Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health, that includes examples of how schools have put recommendations into action. In California, and across the nation, we have the chance to fundamentally change how we address mental health challenges among youth and support a more positive future.

Children’s Health Resource

The new Student Health Index from the California School-Based Health Alliance is the first statewide comprehensive interactive mapping tool to identify the counties, districts, and schools where establishing school-based health centers could have the greatest impact on improving student health and education equity.

Webinar

Join us for a webinar where we will further explore the findings on caregivers’ concerns about their children’s mental health. During the webinar, Child Well-Being During the Pandemic, Lori Turk-Bicakci, KidsData’s director, will discuss this topic and provide an overview of its data source, share findings, and demonstrate how to access the data on the KidsData website. Also, Tracy Mendez, California School-Based Health Alliance’s executive director, will share information on the pandemic’s impact on young people from the perspective of school-based health centers (SBHCs) and how SBHCs can help address concerns about student health and well-being.

The webinar will take place on November 18th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (PST). Please register here.

Recently Released Data

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Webinar: Family Experiences During COVID-19 Pandemic

You are invited to a webinar discussing key findings from the Family Experiences with the COVID-19 Pandemic questionnaire and sharing school-based approaches to address child health and well-being concerns. The webinar will take place on November 18th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (PST).

Lori Turk-Bicakci, KidsData’s director, will provide an overview of this data source, share findings, and demonstrate how to access the data on the KidsData website. In addition to an overview of findings, she will focus on caregivers’ reflections on their children’s educational progress and their emotional well-being during the pandemic.

Tracy Mendez, executive director of the California School-Based Health Alliance, will share about the impact of the pandemic on young people from the perspective of school-based health centers (SBHCs), how SBHCs can help address concerns about student health and well-being, and where opportunities exist to improve and expand school health services.

Throughout the webinar, you will have an opportunity to ask questions, share observations, and learn from others.

This webinar will be hosted by The Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative, a project of the California Department of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (CDPH/IVPB) and the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention (CDSS/OCAP).

When: Thursday, November 18, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (PST).

Register: Please register here.

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