Strong Start Index
Strong Start Index Score: An index ranging from zero to 12 that measures the family, health, service, and financial assets available to children at birth
For more information on the USC School of Social Work’s Strong Start Index initiative and the methodology, visit the Strong Start Index homepage.
USC School of Social Work Children’s Data Network
2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Why are these variables important to measure?
California Strong Start Index (CASSI) Score
The California Strong Start Index (CASSI) summarizes the conditions into which children are born through variables that measure family, health, service, and financial assets available to a child. These measures are added together to create “birth asset scores” ranging from zero to 12 that allow you to compare these resources across communities. Low scores are associated with two indicators of child well being: involvement with child protective services or death by age 5. Therefore, lower scores can help identify which communities may benefit from additional support.
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