Young Children in Deep Poverty: Racial/Ethnic Disparities and Child Well-Being Compared to Other Income Groups

Nine percent of young U.S. children live in deep poverty, with state rates ranging from 17 percent in Mississippi to 4 percent in Utah. The families of these children have incomes below 50 percent of the federal poverty line, or less than $10,289 for a family of one parent and two children. These figures, based […]

Helping Early Care and Education Programs Assess Family Engagement Practices and Plan Improvements: Results of the Georgia Family Engagement Planning Tool Pilot

Learn about our Improving the Odds for Young Children project. Family engagement is now recognized by early childhood educators as a critical component of early care and education (ECE) programs. This recognition stems from a body of research showing the important role of family engagement in children’s early learning and development. While classroom quality assessments […]

New York State Profile of Young Children in Deep Poverty

Learn about our Improving the Odds for Young Children project. Young children in families experiencing deep poverty – those with incomes below 50 percent of the federal poverty line — are likely to experience severe early adversities that contribute to poor health and education outcomes. This brief offers information about young children, age birth to […]

Young Children in Deep Poverty

Learn about our Improving the Odds for Young Children project. A U.S. family of three living in deep poverty survives on an annual income below $9,276. The struggle to raise children on such a meager income is not a rare circumstance among U.S. families, especially those with young children. Currently, 11 percent of young children […]

State Policies through a Two-Generation Lens: Strengthening the Collective Impact of Policies that Affect the Life Course of Young Children and their Parents

Learn about our Improving the Odds for Young Children project. This is an excerpt from the full brief. Two-generation approaches to promoting the healthy development and school success of young children aim to enhance the well-being and life opportunities of both parents and children. This approach is based on research that shows how conditions affecting […]

Investing in Young Children: A Fact Sheet on Early Care and Education Participation, Access, and Quality

Learn about our Improving the Odds for Young Children project. High quality early care and education can play a critical role in promoting young children’s early learning and success in life, while also supporting families’ economic security. Young children at highest risk of educational failure – those experiencing poverty and related circumstances that may limit […]

Young Children at Risk: National and State Prevalence of Risk Factors

Learn about our Improving the Odds for Young Children project. Introduction Across the U.S., large numbers of young children are affected by one or more risk factors that have been linked to academic failure and poor health. Chief among them is family economic hardship, which is consistently associated with negative outcomes in these two domains. […]

Racial Gaps in Early Childhood: Socio-emotional Health, Developmental, and Educational Outcomes Among African-American Boys

Learn about our Unclaimed Children Revisited project. Learn about our Improving the Odds for Young Children project. This is an excerpt from the full report. Introduction The aims of this study are to examine racial gaps in cognitive and socio-emotional development among boys in early childhood and to identify factors that contribute to early resilience […]

Basic Facts About Low-income Children, 2009: Children Under Age 6

Learn about our Improving the Odds for Young Children project. For comparable information about all children, see Basic Facts About Low-income Children, 2009: Children Under Age 18, or about infants and toddlers, see Basic Facts About Low-income Children, 2009: Children Under Age 3, or about young children, see Basic Facts About Low-income Children, 2009: Children […]

Promoting Young Children’s Health and Development: Taking Stock of State Policies

Learn about our Improving the Odds for Young Children project. Young children’s health is essential to their overall development, well-being, and school readiness. Untreated health problems and a lack of preventive care contribute to higher rates of serious illness, absenteeism in preschool, physical and emotional distress, and even long-term disability. At a historic moment when […]