34% of children in Baltimore live in poverty. Poverty affects a child’s ability and desire to learn.
From birth their lives are affected by the following:
- Poor nutrition which affects cognitive development
- Stress from unstable living conditions
- Unmet learning needs due to under resourced schools
- Lack of after school and summer enrichment
Studies show that hunger and low-quality nutrition during childhood can be detrimental to the development of concentration, learning, problem solving and memorizing.
By the time a low-income child is four, he or she hears on average 13 million words. In an upper-class family– she might hear three times as many, or 46 million. A smaller vocabulary stifles reading and educational achievement and confidence.
The academic achievement gap for poorer youth is particularly pronounced for low-income African American and Hispanic children, as under resourced schools struggle to meet the learning needs of their students.
No wonder the drop out rate for children living in poverty is five times greater than children living in higher income families.
The cycle of poverty continues generation after generation. It’s almost impossible for low-income children to lift themselves up and out of it.
BHGH provides the solution to this problem.