Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Poverty and our kids
Consider the facts:
16 million kids live in poverty--lined up hand-in-hand they could stretch across the nation 5 times!
Children of color are over twice as likely to live in poverty as are their white counterparts.
14% of our children reside in overcrowded housing.
Poor children are twice as likely to live in unsafe homes.
6% of these children live in neighborhoods without parks, recreation centers, sidewalks or libraries.
11% of poor children line in areas of concentrated poverty.
Poor children are 6 times more likely to live in unsafe neighborhoods and in neighborhoods with graffiti, dilapidated housing and litter.
Children in poverty are 5 times more likely to repeat one or more grades in school.
82% of 4th graders from low-income families are below proficient reading level.
77% of 4th graders from low-income schools are below proficient reading level.
Children in poverty are 6 times more likely to live in unsafe neighborhoods.
20% of children in poverty NEVER participate in any physical activity.
Children in poverty are twice as likely to miss 11 or more days of school annually.
These children are 13 times more likely to never feel safe in school.
They are twice as likely to be unengaged in school.
They are 7 times more likely to bully other children.
Children in poverty are 3 times more likely to have NO health insurance.
They are more likely to have unmet needs in medical care by 2 times; in mental health care by 3 times; in dental care by 4 times; twice as likely to have chronic health conditions; 5 times more likely for those conditions to be moderately or severely debilitating.
These children are twice as likely to be overweight or obese.
"The bottom line: Disparities for children in poverty are numerous and wide-spread. The ill effects will reach far into the future and across generations. It is a multifaceted issue that needs multifaceted interventions. It is the issue of our time!" Richard NW LeDonne
[This material "lifted" from the work of Richard NW LeDonne.]