New Orleans Kids, Working Parents, and Poverty


What is the overall condition of New Orleans children? We know that by looking at the data, 39 percent of New Orleans children live in poverty , a full 17 percentage points higher than the US average. We also know that the wages of adult workers in a child’s family determine their poverty status. And, while most New Orleans parents are in the workforce, low-wage jobs are all too prevalent. Scientific research shows us that child poverty can lead to increased trauma in young people’s brains and now scholars assert that poverty may be the single greatest threat to children’s healthy brain development. Without healthy brain development, our kids risk lifelong difficulties in learning, memory, and self-regulation. Innovation is needed now to break the cycle of poverty that grips poor families. read more