News Release


DATE: September 25, 2000

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Report Card Shows More Dramatic Improvements in High School Dropout Rates, Teen Births, Unemployment

More kids are staying in school, there are fewer teen births, and less young people are victims of violent crime this year according to a report presented to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The San Diego County Child and Family Health & Well-Being Report Card 2000 shows "remarkable progress" of a 30-50 percent improvement in these five areas which also include a drop in the number of children are on public assistance, and more families with at least one person working.

"We have accomplished a lot this year, but our work is not done. San Diego County must continue to work together with youth organizations, schools, families, and even the media to positively influence the youth of San Diego County. We owe our children a healthy and productive environment," said Chairwoman Dianne Jacob, who created the idea of the report card along with Supervisor Greg Cox.

"The County is making remarkable progress in encouraging kids and families to lead healthy, safe and secure lives," said Supervisor Greg Cox. "I am proud to see that the programs the Board of Supervisors has been initiating, such as the Critical Hours After School Program and our home-visiting program for young moms, are working."

The Report Card details the status of 27 important societal conditions for the County's 2.8 million residents by measuring the overall health and well being of children and families. It shows that San Diego County children and families generally are doing better than people elsewhere in the state or nation.

Although the Report Card shows positive overall progress, there are indications of some disparities, particularly teen births among Hispanics and high school dropout rates for Hispanics, African Americans and Native Americans. Clearly, improvement is still needed in several areas.

The Board of Supervisors will officially receive the second annual San Diego County Child and Family Health & Well-Being Report Card at the Board meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2000. The project was initiated by Chairwoman Jacob and Supervisor Cox and is a partnership with the County of San Diego, Children's Hospital Center for Child Health Outcomes, other community groups, and the Alliance Healthcare Foundation.