Report: 1 in 3 Kids in West Virginia at Risk of Falling Behind Peers in School

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 One in three kids in West Virginia are at risk of starting school behind their peers, and never catching up, according to the 2014 West Virginia Kids Count Data Book that was released on Tuesday morning.  

It said that 32 percent of kids under the age of six live in a family with an income below the federal poverty level. That translates to 38,000 of the state’s youngest kids, at risk for falling behind their friends. 

The program continues to monitor the well being of the state’s kids. Organizations like Catholic Charities offer a number of programs that provide assistance in getting quality care for early childhood years. 

“With more than 30% poverty in West Virginia, this is something we really need to look at,” said Patty Phillips, the Director of Marketing at Catholic Charities. “Catholic Charities is working through our outreach services and case management services to address those issues with families and offer guidance to improve the well being of their families,” she continued.

Some of the programs and services offered include the child care resource center, as well as the child food program.

The birth to three program helps families get quality care to address the developmental problems in early years.

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