Early Childhood

Early Childhood

The 15.4 million children living in poverty in the U.S. face serious challenges to their cognitive, social and emotional development and to their educational preparedness. Many of these obstacles on the path to successful adulthood emerge in early childhood and are best addressed before they become nearly insurmountable.

By the Numbers

Entering school ready to learn prepares a child to succeed in life. Yet many poor children lag far behind their more affluent peers before the first bell rings. The stress and trauma of poverty can interfere with the development of toddlers’ brains and put them at greater risk of cognitive, psychological and behavioral problems. This gap, which can become evident at nine months, typically continues through school, may widen, and has costs to the individual child as well as to society, including special education, grade retention, poor health, reduced economic productivity, and increased likelihood of relying on public support or committing a crime.

Blue Meridian Partners invests in programs that foster the early childhood development and learning of low-income children and strengthen the parenting skills of their families.