As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, school closings across the nation are disrupting children’s education and there’s a growing risk to children’s psychological wellbeing. Children and families least able to cope will be hit first and hardest.

With your support, we’re helping kids continue to learn by providing books and resources to the nation’s most vulnerable kids – those growing up in poverty in isolated, rural communities. We’re also working to ensure children are fed during school closures. But we can’t do this import work without you.

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Across the United States, one in five children grow 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.

The Challenges for Children in America

In every state, children living in disadvantaged, isolated communities struggle to thrive and succeed. Without access to critical things like early childhood education, preschool, children’s books and more, millions of U.S. kids aren’t having a chance at the bright future they deserve.*

  • 15% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 143 dies before their 5th birthday
  • 2% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 3% of school-age children are out of school
  • 6% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 48 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
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Our Work for Children in America

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. 

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. Plus our teams are there before, during and after emergencies – preparing children, protecting them and helping them cope in the aftermath. 

Together with Save the Children Action Network, 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.  

Our sponsorship program gives a child growing up in poverty in America the opportunity for a brighter future. Sponsorship directly benefits a sponsored child’s community, ensuring access to a quality education and the opportunity to grow in a nurturing environment. 

How to Help Children in America

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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