The 2013 version of the Kids Count Data Book says that California ranks particularly poorly -- 46th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia -- in children's economic well-being, while its highest ranking, 29th, is in children's health. It is 39th in education and 42nd in "family and community."
The specific report on California includes dozens of statistical charts and can be broken down by county, city and congressional district as well.
Ted Lempert, president of California's Children Now, said in a statement that the report "shows California leaders aren't giving enough attention to the fundamental issues undermining our children's -- and our state's -- success. It's a misprioritization problem. While our state ranks 11th nationally in per capita state and local tax revenues, we are well below the national average in per capita spending on education but 2nd in per capita spending on corrections and prisons."
Lempert, a former Democratic state assemblyman, has been an ardent advocate of Gov. Jerry Brown's plan, recently adopted by the Legislature, to steer more money into school districts with large numbers of poor and/or English learner students."
New Hampshire ranked the highest in children's well-being, followed by Vermont and Massachusetts. New Mexico was 50th, replacing Mississippi, which had held that dubious honor for a number of years, but Mississippi was second lowest and Nevada third lowest.
PHOTO: Children participate in the 10 years-old and under race during the Superheroes 5K run on June 16, 2013 in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee/Paul Kitagaki Jr.