When children are living in poverty, they have fewer resources than children who come from more affluent households. Resources missing from impoverished homes include nutritious food, adequate clothes, and hygiene items — but also educational resources such as school supplies, computers,  books, homework activities and learning games — which help equip young children for success in school.

Poverty has a determinate effect on childhood education and a child’s chances at success in school.

Additionally, families that live in poverty also often have parents that work long hours at multiple jobs, leaving them without the time or energy to help their children with homework. Without the proper resources and support to keep up with their studies, children living in poverty fall behind, feel inadequate about themselves, and no longer have a desire to stay in school and get an education, which is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty in which they live.

How Poverty Effects Children’s Education

Poverty has a determinate effect on childhood education and a child’s chances at success in school. Statistically, children from families with lower incomes have less developed vocabulary and communication skills than other students and have a harder time concentrating in school.

-1 in 7 children in the United States is growing up in poverty

-40% of children living in poverty aren’t prepared for primary schooling

– Children from low-income families are seven times more likely to drop out of high school than children from affluent families

– Children living in poverty have a higher number of absenteeism because they are more likely to have to work or care for family members

How Children Incorporated is Helping

Children living all over the world need our help to receive an education and have the chance to rise out of the poverty. Children Incorporated works in 20 countries, including the United States, to provide children living in poverty with school supplies, tuition, and other educational resources so they can go to school prepared and ready to learn.

Thanks to our caring donors, Children Incorporated has helped thousands of children in the United States since 1964.

Your support makes all our work to help children receive an education possible.


How do I sponsor a child with Children Incorporated?

You can sponsor a child in one of three ways: call our office at 1-800-538-5381 and speak with one of our staff members; email us at sponsorship@children-inc.org; or go online to our sponsorship portal, create an account, and search for a child that is available for sponsorship.








written by Children Incorporated

We provide children living in poverty with education, hope and opportunity so they have the chance for a brighter future. Thanks to past and current supporters around the globe, we work with 225 affiliated sites in 20 countries to offer basic needs, emergency relief, and community support to thousands of children and their families each year.

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