US: New Data from First Book Identifies the Most Important School Supply for Kids in Need: Support for Toxic Stress of Poverty (Press release)

First Book and ImpactED - September 23, 2019
The most common barriers to learning faced by kids in need have nothing to do with what goes on at school, according to survey results released today by First Book and ImpactED at the University of Pennsylvania. The majority of those surveyed - 3,000 educators exclusively serving low-income communities - reported that a lack of family engagement, inadequate access to behavioral health support, and the impact of trauma are the most significant obstacles preventing kids from learning. These barriers, all issues related to the toxic stress of poverty1, must first be addressed before a child can learn, according to the educators.
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