Infant Mortality Rates Remain High in Some Counties

The infant mortality rate has consistently decreased in California in the last two decades, but a handful of counties in the state have rates that remain higher than average.

Mendocino and Fresno counties had infant mortality rates that were nearly twice the statewide average in 2013-15, the latest years for which data is available.

For Children With Autism, Zip Code Matters

Children of color who live in low-income neighborhoods are less likely to receive developmental services than white children with the same diagnosis living in a higher-income area, despite a law mandating state funding for comprehensive care for anyone who qualifies.

New Pesticide Rule a Step Forward but Still Inadequate, Advocates Say

New state rules about the application of  pesticides on farms near rural schools and daycare facilities will take effect Jan 1., following  years of campaigning by groups advocating for teachers, the environment and public health. Yet these advocates argue that the rules still don’t do enough to protect children, teachers and caregivers from potentially dangerous chemicals.  

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