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The Scorecard provides a comprehensive picture of children's well-being, tracking 28 indicators over time, by race/ethnicity and relative to other California counties.

How does the well-being of children living in San Diego County compare with the well-being of children in other counties?

The County Comparison Bar displays county comparison data. Red indicates the county is in the bottom third; yellow indicates the county is in the middle third; and green indicates the county is in the top third of county performance on that indicator. White indicates there is no available data. Each number corresponds to the indicator number.
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The graphic above indicates how children in San Diego County are faring compared to children in 57 other counties. The 812,151 children living in San Diego County are in the bottom third (red) of performance on 1 indicator, the middle third (yellow) on 17 indicators, and the top third (green) on 10 indicators of children's well-being.

Compare how all counties are performing on 28 indicators of children's well-being

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HOW TO USE THE SCORECARD

  • Click on any indicator title to view the county's performance on that indicator relative to California and other similar counties in terms of population density (i.e., rural or urban) and percentage of children living above poverty (i.e., low, middle and high income).
  • Hover over any "i" icon to view a complete definition of the item.
  • Additional resources, including definitions, tutorials, and notes and sources, are available here.


   
      Bottom Middle Top Trend
Trend designations are based on percent change and assigned as follows: Up (≥+5%), Down (≤-5%) and Neutral (+4% to -4%).
  Latino White African
American
Asian Other
     
The lowest and highest county performance values, as well as the state average, are displayed to provide additional context to county performance on each indicator.
Range/Avg
56% |-------83%-------| 100%              
1. Women who receive early prenatal care
Includes the percentage of women whose first prenatal care visit takes place within the first trimester of pregnancy.
        83% 0%   79% 87% 78% 88% 82%
    21% |-------57%-------| 88%              
2. Newborns who are exclusively breastfed while in the hospital
Includes the percentage of newborns whose mothers initiate exclusive in-hospital breastfeeding.
      69%   NA   62% 81% 57% 67% 72%
    54% |-------65%-------| 79%              
3. Young children who are read to every day
Includes the percentage of children, ages 0-5, who have books read to them every day of the week.
      71%   +8%   59% 82% NA NA NA
    71% |-------93%-------| 100%              
4. Children, ages 0-3, who do not experience recurring neglect or abuse
Includes the percentage of children, ages 0-3, who are victims of a substantiated maltreatment allegation and who do not have a substantiated case of recurrent maltreatment within six months of the initial allegation.
      93%   +2%   94% 93% 89% 98% 100%
    34% |-------50%-------| 73%              
5. 3- and 4-year olds who attend preschool
Includes the percentage of children, ages 3-4, who attend nursery school or preschool, as reported by parents.
      51%   -4%   45% 57% 59% 52% 55%
    27% |-------46%-------| 69%              
6. 3rd-graders who read at grade level
Includes the percentage of third grade students who scored “Advanced” or “Proficient” on the English Language Arts portion of the California Standards Test (CST), as a percentage of all test-takers.
        51% +31%   36% 69% 40% 69% 59%
    33% |-------50%-------| 68%              
7. 7th-graders who meet or exceed state standards in math
Includes the percentage of seventh grade students who scored “Advanced” or “Proficient” on the Mathematics portion of the California Standards Test (CST), as a percentage of all test-takers.
        56% +65%   45% 69% 43% 72% 57%
    42% |-------60%-------| 67%              
8. Elementary and middle school students who are supervised by an adult after school
Includes the percentage of students in fifth and seventh grades who are not home alone during after school hours in a normal school week.
      58%   +9%   NA NA NA NA NA
    28% |-------58%-------| 77%              
9. Students who are "ready" or "conditionally ready" for college-level math courses
Includes the percentage of 11th grade students who score “Ready for College” or “Ready for College – Conditional” on the Mathematics portion of California State University’s Early Assessment Program (EAP), as a percentage of all test-takers.
      59%   +16%   46% 66% 41% 74% 59%
    38% |-------76%-------| 93%              
10. 12th-graders who graduate on time
Includes the percentage of students who graduate from high school within four years.
      78%   +3%   70% 86% 68% 89% 71%
    31% |-------92%-------| 100%              
11. Classrooms with high-speed Internet access
Includes the percentage of classrooms or other instructional settings at the school (such as a computer lab, library, or career center) with an Internet connection.
        96% NA   NA NA NA NA NA
    67% |-------92%-------| 100%              
12. High school science classes that are taught by a "highly qualified teacher"
Includes the percentage of secondary science courses taught by a “Highly Qualified Teacher” (HQT).
      94%   +1%   NA NA NA NA NA
    32% |-------44%-------| 58%              
13. Children who feel connected to their school
Includes the percentage of students in the ninth and 11th grades who feel connected to their school.
      47%   +51%   43% 56% 35% 49% 45%
    32% |-------58%-------| 84%              
14. Suspensions that are limited to serious offenses, not “willful defiance”
Includes the percentage of out-of-school suspensions that are not the result of willful defiance, as a percentage of all suspensions.
      57%   -10%   NA NA NA NA NA
    71% |-------92%-------| 100%              
15. Expulsions that are limited to serious offenses, not “willful defiance”
Includes the percentage of expulsions that are not the result of willful defiance, as a percentage of all expulsions.
    88%     -7%   NA NA NA NA NA
    57% |-------69%-------| 82%              
16. Children who are in a healthy weight zone
Includes the percentage of students in seventh grade who are in the Healthy Fitness Zone for Body Composition.
        72% 0%   64% 81% 69% 79% 72%
    10% |-------30%-------| 51%              
17. Eligible students who eat free or reduced-price breakfasts during the school year
Includes the percentage of children who participate in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) during the school year, as a percentage of those who are eligible for Free and Reduced Price Meals.
        38% +21%   NA NA NA NA NA
    0% |-------79%-------| 100%              
18. Children who live near grocery stores, produce stands or farmers markets
Includes the percentage of zip codes within a county that contain a healthy food outlet, defined as grocery stores with more than four employees, produce stands or farmers markets.
        82% +93%   NA NA NA NA NA
    0% |-------16%-------| 48%              
19. Eligible students who eat free or reduced-price meals during the summer
Includes the percentage of children who participate in federal summer meal programs, as a percentage of those who participate in the National School Lunch Program during the school year.
        31% +15%   NA NA NA NA NA
    0% |-------2%-------| 14%              
20. Schools that have a health center
Includes the percentage of schools estimated to have a school-based health center, as a percentage of all public schools within a county.
      2%   +100%   NA NA NA NA NA
    86% |-------92%-------| 97%              
21. Children who have health insurance for the entire year
Includes the percentage of children, ages 0-17, who have health insurance for the entire year, as a percentage of all children.
      92%   +7%   85% 96% 96%* 95%* NA
    87% |-------92%-------| 95%              
22. Children who have a usual source of health care
Includes the percentage of children, ages 0-17, who have a usual source of health care, as a percentage of all children.
      93%   0%   90% 95% NA NA NA
    23% |-------36%-------| 55%              
23. Asthmatic children who have been given an asthma management plan
Includes the percentage of asthmatic children, ages 0-17, who are provided an asthma management plan by a physician, as a percentage of all asthmatic children.
        39% NA   NA NA NA NA NA
    64% |-------70%-------| 79%              
24. Adolescents who are not at risk for depression
Includes the percentage of students in seventh, ninth and 11th grades who are not at risk of developing depression.
        71% +8%   70% 75% 73% 69% 69%
    82% |-------87%-------| 93%              
25. Children who visited a dentist in the last year
Includes the percentage of children, ages 2-17, who have been to a dentist in the last year, as a percentage of all children, ages 2-17.
      87%   NA   NA NA NA NA NA
    0% |-------71%-------| 100%              
26. Children in the child welfare system who have visited a dentist in the last year
Includes the percentage of children, ages 3-17, who have a child welfare placement episode lasting 31 days or more and who have had at least one dental exam before their next birthday.
      60%   -23%   60% 59% 60% 70% 49%
    69% |-------85%-------| 100%              
27. Children in the child welfare system who have stability in their placement
Includes the percentage of children, ages 0-17, who are entering into the child welfare system for at least eight days and up to 12 months and who have two or fewer out-of-home placements during that time.
      82%   +12%   82% 85% 73% 83% 88%
    50% |-------88%-------| 97%              
28. Children in the child welfare system who exit to permanency within three years
Includes a six-month cohort measure of the percentage of children, ages 0-17, who have been in care for at least eight days, are entering foster care for the first time and are not still in the foster care system within 36 months of their first entry.
      85%   +7%   86% 86% 79% 86% NA
NA - Not Available; †/* - Statistically Unstable