Serving students from low-income families in Asheville, NC, on the campus of Carolina Day School

The Facts on Child Poverty

Nearly half of the children born into poverty remain persistently poor; we have a great responsibility and a wonderful opportunity to fund the programs and resources that are demonstrated to help all children realize their fullest potential.

  • Poverty has been increasing in both rural and suburban areas.
  • Poverty’s impact in rural areas is even greater, due to lower local tax revenue.
  • 53 percent of North Carolina’s public school students live in poverty.
  • Overall, schools with higher poverty had the lowest school achievement grades.
  • Participation in high-quality pre-K significantly improves a child’s chance of success in school; currently more than 7,000 children are on a waiting list for pre-K.
  • Physical factors including substandard housing and inadequate nutrition directly affect a child’s performance in school.
  • A quality public education can make a significant, positive impact on children living in poverty.

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