Wake Up Call: Poverty Levels Increase for Cincinnati Suburban Children

From 2007 to 2017, poverty rates rose for school-age children in all of the county's 22 districts. Twelve districts saw rate rise at least 5 points, an Enquirer analysis shows.

More suburban Cincinnati school children in poverty than before the Great Recession

A December 06, 2018 Cincinnati Enquirer article discussed the newly released child poverty rates.  Even though the economy for this region has seen steady growth, children in the Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio have been left behind.  

Poverty levels for school-aged children increased in 30 of 48 Southwest Ohio school districts from 2007-2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Experts say child poverty matters because kids who grow up poor face challenges that can be costly to them and to society. 

Reporters from The Enquirer visited a Bond Hill Head Start classroom and spoke with Mark Lawson, president and chief executive of Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency. "It should be another wake-up call to all of us in Cincinnati," said Mark Lawson. The Bond Hill-based nonprofit has 2,500 children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start programs across Hamilton County.

"We have a lot of cool stuff going on in Over-the-Rhine, at The Banks, with FC Cincinnati, but we are leaving a lot of people behind, and that hurts all of us," Lawson said. "It holds the whole city back."

Click here to read the complete Cincinnati Enquirer article written by Mark Curnutte and Terry DeMio and published on December 06, 2018.

Ryan Williams and LaTrese Cowan teach a CAA Head Start classroom in Bond Hill
Children take part in lessons with teachers Ryan Williams and LaTrese Cowan on Wednesday at a Head Start classroom at the Community Action Agency in Bond Hill.(Photo: Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer)

CAA Head Start Classroom in Bond Hill 2018-12-06
A group of students participates in learning exercises with teachers Ryan Williams and LaTrese Cowan in a Head Start classroom Wednesday at the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency in Bond Hill. (Photo: Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer)

Students engage in a learning activity Wednesday in a Head Start classroom at the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency in Bond Hill. (Photo: Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer)
Students engage in a learning activity Wednesday in a Head Start classroom at the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency in Bond Hill. (Photo: Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer)