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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Across America, 1 in 5 children grows up in poverty. Of the counties with the highest poverty rates across the U.S., nearly 90% are rural. Because of circumstances beyond their control, millions of children never reach their full potential. It doesn’t have to be this way.

What does it 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.

Get Ready Get Safe

Disaster Preparedness

Our Get Ready. Get Safe. initiative has influenced disaster preparedness policy change in 22 states.

Jennifer Garner and another adult reading with a child

Early Steps to School Success

Let's close the achievement gap before it starts.

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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


Let the lifelong love of learning begin.

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Helping children reach their potential by creating long lasting change.

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