The October issue of HIDI HealthStats reviews the importance of building resilience around trauma and adverse childhood experiences. The issue identifies high-risk communities in Missouri and Kansas. A child that experiences abuse, neglect, a troubled home or toxic stress can carry the burden for a lifetime.
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In 2014, nearly one in seven American households experienced food insecurity, meaning that one or more household members did not have adequate food due to insufficient money or other resources.
Lower- and middle-income families have continued to fall behind upper-income families in the 21st century. Heading into the Great Recession, lower-income families lost 6% of their wealth, edging down from $19,397 in 2001 to $18,264 in 2007.
A crucial question for future policy making is whether rising outlays on programs for the aged will squeeze out spending on programs for children, especially investments in their schooling.
For 50 years Head Start has been the premier model for providing the whole child an opportunity for success in school and in life. Learn how Head Start helps Missouri's children!