ERIC Number: ED357433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Poverty and Learning. ERIC Digest, Number 83.
Many programs have tried to offset the problems with which many children of low socioeconomic status (SES) enter public schools. Some of these programs have attempted to better prepare preschool children for school, while others have tried to help children already struggling in school. The United States has one of the highest child-poverty rates among Western nations. The economic losses experienced because of this problem are great. And although the expense of helping low-SES children is high, the cost of not helping them is higher. Head Start and other state programs have made some progress in improving the preparedness of children for public school. However, schools in low-income areas rarely have enough money to meet students' needs. Since many low-SES children are often clustered in underfunded schools, some policymakers support financial restructuring to assist schools in helping disadvantaged children overcome these obstacles. (JPT)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Schools, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, Finance Reform, Poverty, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Public Schools, Socioeconomic Status, Student Development
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403 (free; $2.50 postage and handling).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.