Families, Parks and Recreation
Mayor's Children and Education Initiative
Research confirms the link between
child poverty and diminished chances of achievement and success. For
instance, children in poor families are more likely to experience
illness, child neglect, academic failure, early pregnancy, and
When families are economically secure, they can focus on things like
their children’s education. When families are struggling, however,
they are often more worried about survival and cannot provide their
children the things that economically secure families provide - stable
housing, regular meals, healthcare when they are sick, safe
neighborhoods to live in, enrichment programs such as sports teams and
arts programs, and so forth.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 54% of Orlando’s children are
growing up in poverty and low-income households. Most of their parents
hold down jobs, but their income isn’t sufficient to afford the basics
- housing, transportation, food, healthcare, and childcare.
If we are to make things better for children, then we must strengthen
family economic security in our community.
Census Quick Facts about Children in the City of Orlando
Several national organizations support
public policy measures that reduce and alleviate child poverty.
Click here to learn about The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s “Family
Economic Success initiative".
Click here to see the latest research
and policy recommendations offered by the
National Center for Children in
On October 25, 2004, the Orlando City Council unanimously approved
funding for an
Earned Income Tax
Credit (EITC) Community Campaign. EITC lifts more American
children out of poverty each year than any other government program
– and will lift many Orlando children out of poverty as well. For
more information on the Orlando EITC campaign,