Some 29.4 percent of Solano County children under 5 are now living below the federal poverty level, more than double the 2008 rate of 12.5 percent, according to staff. But despite the great recession, children’s health care remains a priority in Solano County.
And, the county has created a network of nine Family Resource Centers and supported programs to improve the quality of early child care and education.
Those efforts have produced solid results, including 95 percent of Solano children having health care coverage. Children are also performing better in school, according to the staff report to the Solano County Board of Supervisors.
Despite the gains, today’s tough economy has endangered children’s well-being and development. the report notes. The recession has wiped out gains made by families with children under 18 and children are bearing the brunt of America’s widening income gap, according to the report.