Laura Varlas

Kidsdata in California Maps Student Well-Being Statewide

California is ahead of the curve in mapping the health and well-being of its students statewide. The Lucile Packard Foundation's website Kidsdata catalogues all relevant health, wellness, risk, and resilience data available on students and stores it in a searchable website.

You can compare counties, and even school districts, by

  • Connectedness, as well as caring relationships.
  • High expectations.
  • Meaningful participation.
  • Safety.
  • Physical health, fitness, obesity, or levels of activity.
  • Mental health.
  • Resilience.
  • Risk-taking behaviors.

. . . And the list goes on. All in all, there are over 400 measures of child health and well-being, which you can cross-reference by ethnicity, age, and gender.

This site provides a clearer understanding of youth health and wellness issues and how our kids are doing in comparison to their peers on measures beyond well-documented standardized test scores. In short, it paints a fuller picture of our youth and our neighborhoods. It's a great tool for California and should be of high interest to other states.

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