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What is it like to grow up as a child in Orange County?

Oct. 21, 2014

Orange County children are getting out of gangs, staying in school and posting better marks on standardized tests, even as half the county’s children count on a federally subsidized school lunch. 
Those were among the findings released Tuesday in the 20th annual Conditions of Children in Orange County. 

A one-of-a-kind retrospective, the report looks back 20 years at trends in the health, safety, academic and economic status of children and teens. The 172-page report tracks the progress made by a coalition of county agencies, nonprofits and faith-based groups in 25 primary areas. The categories range from juvenile arrests to childhood obesity. 

Among the challenges, the reports notes that Orange County remains one of “the most inaccessible places to live for low and moderate earners.” 

“Even though more parents are working now, families are not making enough to support their families,” said Michelle Berelowitz, a lecturer with the Center for Community Collaboration at Cal State Fullerton and the report’s editor for 18 years. 

“As a consequence, more parents are relying on more federal and state programs as a safety net,” Berelowitz said. Continue reading the full article  online .

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