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.