Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 21–28 | Cite as

The Importance of Making the Well-Being of Children in Poverty a Priority

  • Debra Lindsey Prince
  • Kaye Pepper
  • Kay Brocato


Hurricane Katrina exposed to the world the side of America that is often ignored or forgotten—the side of America where people live in poverty and struggle to meet their most basic needs. This article focuses primarily on children in Mississippi and highlights the effect that poverty has on children’s well-being at an early age and future academic success. It also provides evidence for the importance of funding high-quality pre-k programs and parental training to ensure they begin the process of preparing their children for success, not only in Mississippi but in the other states that are leaving their children behind. Finally, with the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind in 2007, recommendations are made for refocusing the premise of the law from accountability and high stakes testing to meeting the needs of all children so they can truly be successful in school.


poverty child well-being ready to learn  no child left behind academic achievement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Debra Lindsey Prince
    • 1
    • 3
  • Kaye Pepper
    • 2
  • Kay Brocato
    • 1
  1. 1.Curriculum and InstructionMississippi State UniversityMississippiUSA
  2. 2.Curriculum and InstructionUniversity of MississippiMississippiUSA
  3. 3.Curriculum and InstructionMississippi State UniversityMississippiUSA

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