Poverty and Social Emotional Skills

Both the KR and WFR goal teams have selected “social-emotional skills” as key to goal success.

Why is poverty such a factor?


Many families living in poverty must daily juggle numerous competing stressors like food, child care, transportation, housing, jobs, etc.  These stressors deplete everyone’s energy and ability to make healthy decisions.  Children in poverty:


  1. Have fewer reliable emotional interactionsstrong relationships help stabilize a child’s behavior.
  2. Have fewer enrichment activities – which can inhibit cognitive, social and emotional growth.
  3. Are more likely to be malnourished, exposed to environmental hazards, and have insufficient health care – all conditions for poorer health.

For more information, check out the book Too Many Left Behind.