Research About Children's Health and Well Being


First-Ever CA Index of Child Well Being Reveals Decade of Improvement, but Economy Threatens Gains (2009)

The first-ever "California Index of Child and Youth Well Being" shows a consistent pattern of improvement in how children have fared over the last decade, but warns that the present economic recession could undermine and possibly even reverse those gains. The index is based on data from, which recently expanded to offer data on children's health and well being for all cities, counties, and school districts in California.


County Reports on Children (2007)
The Foundation has been a primary supporter of reports in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that track indicators of children's health and well being.





Bay Area Parents Concerned About Kids' Emotional Health (2007)
For the second year in a row, Bay Area parents have put their children's emotional health at the top of their worry list, highlighting a less-recognized yet crucial aspect of children's well-being. In a wide-ranging survey, parents across economic, geographic and racial/ethnic lines indicated that on a day-to-day basis stress, depression, weight, and the fallout from family conflict outrank other concerns about their children's health.


Bay Area Survey: Children's Health Top Concern (2006)
The well being of children and education and the schools outrank 11 other issues as chief concerns for local residents, regardless of their parental status, gender, ethnicity, income level, or political affiliation. More than seven in 10 Bay Area respondents (71 percent) report being "extremely concerned" about the well being of children, according to a survey commissioned by the foundation.


Children's Dental Health: The 2007 Check-Up for Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
The evidence is in -- dental disease is the single most common chronic childhood disease in California. Awareness of the pervasive and often devastating effects of this preventable disease in children is growing. New data, new programs, and -- most significantly -- new legislative mandates are building the momentum to address this crisis statewide and locally.



Supporting Cultural Competency (2006)
The foundation's information and grantmaking programs offered a workshop on cultural competency in December 2006. The event featured a panel of experts and included an issue brief developed by California Tomorrow about how organizations can become culturally competent, as well as a list of resources for cultural competency.