The California Strong Start Index helps us understand the conditions into which babies are born, so we can raise healthy, resilient kids.

By measuring the resources babies have at birth across the state, California can allocate supports and services more equitably—and earlier in children’s lives.

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Ninety percent of a child’s brain develops by age five. The earlier we can build resilience, the better.

Half a million babies are born in California each year. Some are born with more resources that promote resilience than others. By using information collected at birth for every child in the state, the Strong Start Index paints a portrait of resources for children in a given neighborhood, county, or region.

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First 5 Association of California & Children’s Data Network launched the index so kids can be supported more effectively.

The Strong Start Index helps policymakers and service providers support children by ensuring resources go where they are needed most.

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