According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center, 12% of Maryland’s children live in poverty. Growing up in poverty is a threat to healthy child development, and increases the likelihood of poor academic, cognitive and health outcomes. The dangers of economic hardship are greatest among children who are very young and who experience persistent and deep poverty.
Disparities among Maryland’s children according to race are striking, and are similar to such disparities in the southern and southeastern regions of the United States. In particular, Baltimore City and areas in Western Maryland on the Eastern Shore lead the way in childhood poverty rates in Maryland. Our center will develop ways to mitigate the effects of poverty on children.
Children living in poverty in Maryland
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Disparities in Education Among Maryland Children
Education plays an important role in a child’s overall well-being and future prosperity and happiness. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center, Maryland ranks 19th in the nation in children’s education.
Data indicate that Maryland children’s educational experiences and outcomes are getting worse, not better: In recent years, the number of young children not in school and the number of fourth- and eighth-graders not proficient in math have increased. Our center will study how and why this is happening, and will develop specific solutions to improve the educational experience for Maryland’s children.