Today, one in five U.S. children grows up in poverty. That’s 14 million kids who simply do not get a fair chance at a bright future because they lack access to the quality education and other resources which others may take for granted.
Child poverty is not inevitable – we know that investing in high-quality early childhood education is one of the most effective ways to break the pervasive cycle of poverty and ensure equal opportunity for all families in America.
Children also benefit from resources such as proper nutrition, health care and stable housing at an early age, regardless of their family’s socioeconomic status. Studies show that when children are given a healthy start, with sustained resources during their critical early developmental years, it positively impacts their long-term economic contributions.