Poverty Rates for Children and Women Much Higher than for Men

Across the country, children fare worst when it comes to poverty. North Carolina is no exception. A new report by the National Women’s Law Center finds:

  • 1 in 5 North Carolina children live in poverty.
  • 1 in 7 North Carolina women live in poverty.
  • 1 in 10 North Carolina men live in poverty.

In discussing the effect of children living in poverty, Lori Pfingst, assistant director of Washington KidsCount, told The Spokesman-Review:

“The impact of this really can’t be overstated. When children are born into poverty, it affects every single outcome of their lives.”

In fact, “children who live in families with lower income and less parent education begin to score lower on standardized developmental tests as early as 18 months, and the differences typically increase into the school-age years.” (A Science-Based Framework for Early Childhood Policy)

The good news is that research-based early childhood interventions are proven to deliver both lifelong, participant outcomes and long-term taxpayer savings, according to Dr. Jack Shonkoff, founding director of Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child and co-editor of the groundbreaking report, From Neurons to Neighborhoods.

The key is to act early. Research shows that later interventions are likely to be less successful—and in some cases are ineffective, according to Dr. Shonkoff.

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