Poverty creates long-term disadvantages for children. The consequences of poverty—emotional issues, delayed development and lower academic achievement, among others—put a child behind peers who do not struggle with poverty.
One of the most devastating consequences of living in poverty or experiencing homelessness is the impact it has on a child’s education. In addition to frequent school transfers and an unsettled home life, many children return to school without the basic supplies they need.
Few under-served children ever catch up with their peers, which can lead to disruptive behaviors, high dropout rates, poverty and even crime, some of the most pressing and costly issues cities face.
Low-Income children trail behind their peers in intellectual development, they are less likely to succeed in school, are less likely to graduate from high school, and are more likely to become low-income parents of the future.
Living in poverty has many negative effects on families physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Children who live in a low income household are more likely to continue living in poverty as adults. Among the many effects of poverty, one in particular is limiting participation in extracurricular activities.