Low-income, marginalized, vulnerable, even before birth these children lag behind

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Source:  Journal Star

From the womb to the board-room, children of low-income families lag far behind their more economically stable cohorts in almost all ways.

For example, fewer conversations mean they hear fewer words; left to their own devices mean they have fewer developmentally stimulating experiences; not to mention poorer nutrition, early childhood education, child care and health care.

Normally, they start kindergarten far behind their “wealthier” counterparts, falling further behind as the years pass. They are less likely to graduate from high school, less likely to attend college and less likely to land financially stable jobs; and more likely to frequent the streets, get involved in criminal behaviour, add to the teenage pregnance demographic and to perpetuate the cycle of poverty – this according to

 national and state data compiled in the 2011 Kids Count in Nebraska Report.

“From the moment of birth, we can take an educated guess of how an infant is going to stand economically as an adult,” said Melissa Breazile, research coordinator for Voices for Children of Nebraska, which puts together the annual Kids Count report.


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