Poverty & Early Brain Development

Impact of poverty on children’s developing brain

Research shows that poverty has a significantly negative impact on African American and Latino families. Poverty adversely impacts early brain development and has a lasting impact on childhood development and learning. brainSupplied

Some factors that have a lasting impact on children’s developing brain:

  •  Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Stress
  • Environmental factors (abuse and neglect, domestic violence, poverty)

New Jersey and poverty Impact of poverty on children’s developing brain

According to the 2012 U.S Census data:

Population estimate: 8,864,590

Black or African American:   14.7% (1,303,095)

Hispanic or Latino:    18.5% (1,639,949)

Children living in low-income families:   700,000

State poverty rate:   12% (1,063,751)

Poverty rate children 5-17:   13.1% (1,152,397)

Poverty rate children under 5:   17.2% (1,524,709)

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