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National School Lunch Program Fact Sheet

Article by National School Lunch Program, 2017

"Community Schools Can Help Break the Cycle of Poverty"

Article by EdSource, 2014

The Effect of Poverty on Child Development and Educational Outcomes

Article by Black, Maureen and Engle, Patrice, 2008

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How does poverty impact a child’s long-term success?

In the school system, student poverty rates are measured by the Free and Reduced Price Lunch rate, as calculated by the National School Lunch Program. Numerous studies show that living in poverty often negatively impacts students’ health and well-being; literacy and language development; access to physical and material resources; and level of mobility. However, schools can intentionally counter the effects of poverty by utilizing a community schools model, as recently discussed in EdSource. Community agencies can embrace a similar philosophy. Please see the artifacts below to better understand how to mitigate the negative effects of poverty on learning.