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Save the Children work in the United States

Floods are affecting children and families in the Gulf Coast region. In response, Save the Children is helping children and families with emergency assistance during this difficult time. Donate Now

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Today, 1 in 5 U.S. children grow up in poverty. These children face high risks of falling behind early, struggling in school, and dropping out. Because of circumstances beyond their control, millions of children never reach their full potential. It doesn’t have to be this way.

What does mean to "go without" in America? It can mean no access to simple, but critical, things like books, preschool, healthy foods, and places to play and exercise – things that help children thrive and grow in mind and body. It can mean no safety net in times of crisis – or being unable to see a future outside of poverty.

We protect the nation’s most vulnerable children and give them early opportunities to learn so they can succeed in school and life.

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Carolyn Miles with child after Hurricane Sandy

Disaster Relief

Every American child deserves better protection from disasters.

Jennifer Garner and another adult reading with a child

Early Steps to School Success

Let's close the achievement gap before it starts.

Child holding hoola hoops

Healthy Choices

Every child deserves a chance at a healthy start.

Adult and Child looking at paper

Journey of Hope

Building resilience skills for our children nationwide.

Child holding books

Literacy

Let the lifelong love of learning begin.

Child swinging

Policy

Helping children reach their potential by creating long lasting change.

Disaster Report

Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Children often suffered the most. It soon became clear: U.S. emergency planning did not account for children's unique needs. More than a decade later, is our nation better prepared to protect children from disaster? Our expanded annual disaster report card finds some important progress. But far too many serious gaps remain. Our children, still at risk, deserve better. Explore the Report

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