A teacher at Jardín de Niños plays with kids at the school in Lincoln Heights.
With 13 percent of the nation's kids living in California, the decisions made here in terms of education, health and child welfare can affect policy choices across the country.
Children Now, an organization based in Oakland, gave a grade for 27 different categories related to the well-being of kids within the state. California didn't receive a single "A". Jessica Mindnich, director of research for Children Now, joins the show to discuss the organization's findings. You can read the full 2014 California Children's Report Card here.