When the COVID-19 outbreak began in Los Angeles during March 2020, County leadership was quick to roll out several measures to stem the spread of
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.
USC School of Social Work Children’s Data Network
2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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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