Assistance for School-Aged Children
As the nation's school doors have reopened for another year of reading, writing and arithmetic, wants to highlight several youth-oriented programs to help kids in and out of the classroom. According to the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, households with children are almost twice as likely to face hunger as those without, a statistic that correlates with the child poverty rate of over 20 percent in the U.S., twice that of the overall United States poverty rate of 10 percent. Moreover, research has clearly established the relationship between poverty and lower student achievement. The following programs represent a small number of youth-oriented benefit and assistance programs found on

School Breakfast and Lunch Programs
The School Breakfast and Lunch Programs make nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals available to school children each school day. Over 92,000 schools offer lunches at school, and nearly 70,000 schools offer breakfast at school. School breakfasts and lunches must meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Some schools offer after-school snacks to children in the school's after-school care programs. For more information, visit the School Breakfast and Lunch Programs.

Head Start and Early Head Start
The Head Start program (for children ages three-five) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants and toddlers) promote school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Parents are also provided social services, including assistance with child care. Services are also available to migrant and seasonal farm-worker families. For more information, visit the Head Start and Early Head Start Program.

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