Serving America’s Hardest-to-Reach Children

Across the United States, one in five children grows up in poverty. Of the counties with the highest poverty rates, 90% are rural. Because of circumstances beyond their control, millions of kids never reach their full potential.

Since 1932, Save the Children has been on the ground providing support to the most isolated and underserved children in rural America. From our earliest days in Appalachia – helping children and families hardest-hit by the Great Depression – to today, our U.S. team goes where others cannot.

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Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we help the nation’s most vulnerable children become ready for kindergarten – and excel by third grade – so they can succeed in school and in life.

Save the Children is a leading advocate for children, ensuring their voices are heard and their best interests are prioritized. We fill critical gaps in services and deliver scalable solutions to the challenges children face.



Children may only be 20% of our population, but they are 100% of our future. That’s why advocacy is core to Save the Children’s work on behalf of all kids across the United States. We’re building bipartisan support at the local, state and federal level to make sure every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality learning opportunities, and much more. HOW WE ADVOCATE FOR KIDS


Education is a proven ladder out of poverty, and starting early is key. Save the Children works with parents to help them become their child’s first and best teacher through our home visiting program. We lead Head Start and Early Head Start programs in four states, providing kids with early learning opportunities they might not otherwise have. Through our school-age programs, we help children get ready for kindergarten and achieve the critical third grade reading milestone, a major indicator of future success. READ ABOUT OUR EDUCATION PROGRAMS


When disaster strikes, children are always the most vulnerable. That’s why Save the Children has been on the ground protecting America’s children in every major disaster since Hurricane Katrina. In the earliest days of disasters, we send emergency responders, deliver essential relief supplies and provide safe spaces for children to learn, play and cope. Our team is also committed to long-term recovery programs that help children return to learning. We help schools, communities and children prepare for disaster, too. EXPLORE OUR EMERGENCY PROGRAMS


Whether coping with the devastation of a disaster or facing long-term impacts of growing up in poverty, Save the Children’s social and emotional development programs help kids cope and build resiliency. Toxic stress and other life challenges affect children and caregivers alike, and that’s why our Journey of Hope program ensures children and families have the necessary support to manage and recover READ ABOUT OUR SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL PROGRAMS


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