A new scorecard out from a California advocacy group compares how children fare in the state's counties by various health and education factors, such as the percentage of children who are read to on a daily basis and kids who had health insurance all year.

The 2012 California County Scorecard of Children's Well-Being by Children Now, an Oakland-based organization, looks at 28 indicators of childhood well-being, according to a news release. The online report shows where counties fall on a scale of lowest to highest ranking for each indicator, while also classifying counties by the bottom, middle and top thirds for each data point.

The report tracks how counties are trending on the indicators. The scorecard also breaks down the information by race/ethnicity groups and shows how the counties fare grouped by urban/rural populations and income.

For example, Kern County ranked lowest in the state for 3- and 4-year-olds attending preschool at 34 percent, ranging from 31 percent for Latinos to 40 percent for whites and Asians, according to the report. The report found that Kern County ranked in the bottom third for 14 measures of children's well-being but showed improvement on 13 indicators.

To check out the report, visit . Go to to go straight to Kern County's report.

-- The Californian