The Orange County Children’s Partnership, in which First 5 Orange County President/CEO Kim Goll is a member, released its 27th Annual Report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County.
The annual report compiles indicators across four interdependent focus areas — Good Health, Economic Well-Being, Educational Achievement, and Safe Homes and Communities — to highlight trends in how children are faring.
It is important to note that the data in this year’s report largely reflects conditions before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. To some extent, the pandemic will create new baselines from which to measure future progress made on conditions. Many data sources have experienced delays in 2020 data releases, such as school districts that were unable to collect some data due to the suspension of in-person classes and standardized testing.
Consequently, a data-driven understanding of the impacts of the pandemic is only beginning to emerge. The report’s special section explores Orange County’s proactive response to the known and perceived impacts of this public health crisis.
Finally, the report continues to bring disparities more clearly into view – revealing both the progress made and struggles experienced among Orange County’s children. Now, more than ever, we must focus on reducing gaps in children and youth outcomes to ensure that all children thrive.
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