Breaking the Cycle of U.S. Child Poverty

In the U.S., child poverty is a growing problem. Today, 1 in 5 U.S. children grow up poverty, living without critical things like books, preschool, healthy foods, and places to play and exercise — things that help children thrive and grow in mind and body. Child poverty in the U.S. can mean no safety net in times of crisis — or being unable to see a better future.

These children are at high risk of falling behind early, struggling in school, and dropping out. Because of circumstances beyond their control, millions of children never reach their full potential. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Save the Children’s Work in the United States

We protect the nation’s most vulnerable children and give them early opportunities to learn so they can succeed in school and life, and live healthy, active lives. We prepare children for disasters are protect them when crisis strikes. And, we advocate to ensure children’s voices are hard and their needs addressed, nationwide.

Explore Our U.S. Programs


Children can’t vote or influence the policies governing their lives. Save the Children helps give a voice to the 16 million children living in poverty across the U.S. HOW WE ADVOCATE FOR KIDS.

Disaster Response

Save the Children has served more than 1.5 million U.S. children affected by disasters and we continue to keep kids safe by preparing them for emergencies. EXPLORE OUR EMERGENCY PROGRAMS.


Our U.S. Education programs give at-risk children opportunities to succeed in school and in — opportunities that they might otherwise never have. READ ABOUT OUR EDUCATION PROGRAMS.


Through exposure to healthy snacks, nutrition lessons and daily physical activity, we help children in poverty and those from low incomes lead healthy lives. READ ABOUT OUR HEALTH PROGRAMS.


Whether coping with the devastation of a disaster or facing the long-term impacts of growing up in poverty, our programs helps children build resilience. LEARN ABOUT JOURNEY OF HOPE.


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