Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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Family Economics


Family economics can have significant influence on the life outcomes of children. A study by the Economic Mobility Project found that four-fifths of children who were raised in very low income families never earned more than the median income over the course of their lives. A growing percentage of families in Sacramento County find themselves struggling to earn the income needed to support basic family and personal needs. More than one-sixth (17%) of families with children live below poverty, and at least 45% do not earn enough to be self-sufficient.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 13:55

Self-Sufficiency Wage

Sacramento County, like the nation as a whole, is experiencing a growing gap between the upper and lower ends of the income scale. Those with the highest levels of education continue to make gains, while a greater percentage of those with less than a college education struggle to
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 13:17

Housing Affordability

Housing affects a family’s comfort and quality of life. For families in lower income brackets, the cost of housing is a major portion of the family budget. If housing costs for those families are more than 30 percent of the budget, those expenses are likely to divert resources away from other basic needs
Last Updated on Saturday, 29 June 2013 12:33

Affordable Care for Children and Youth

Child care continues to be one of the largest family expenditures for any household budget. Many families working minimum and low wage jobs could not afford the child care necessary to work without receiving a subsidy. In the past few years,
Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 09:56


Employment rates are a strong indicator of the well being of a community. However, the importance of mere employment is not enough, as a growing percentage of jobs do not pay a wage adequate for individuals and their families to obtain
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 14:48

Availability of Quality Child Care

Children need adult supervision and quality care in a safe and nurturing environment. For parents who are working or enrolled in school or a training program, child care can be essential. Over the past few years, Sacramento County has experienced a decrease

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 15:46


Transportation has both financial and quality of life impacts on families. The availability of reliable transportation – whether a personal vehicle or public transportation – fosters employment, access to goods, and general convenience. The less time spent
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 15:26