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The research and advocacy group Children Now gave San Diego County a “C” grade for the wellbeing of its children in a series of California scorecards released today.

It breaks down data on how many children see a dentist, schools with nurses, and even how often children are read to, all sorted by race and ethnicity. You can also compare how San Diego County stacks up next to similar counties across California.

Here are a few factoids from the scorecard to get you started:

  • Seventy-nine percent of asthmatic children in San Diego County do not visit the emergency room for their symptoms. That’s a good thing, according to the Children Now report. Asthmatic children should have systems to manage their asthma without emergency care.
  • Thirty-eight percent of 9th and 11th graders surveyed say they feel connected to their school. Among black students that figure is only 26 percent; among white students it is 47 percent.
  • Twenty-nine percent of San Diego County schools have nurses. That’s high compared to similar counties.

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