North Carolinians have long recognized that children are one of our state’s most valuable resources and their success is our success. Investing in the health, safety, education and financial security of our children are among the most important duties of our society. As the recession continues to stress North Carolinians, it is critical that policymakers focus on preserving services for children and families.
High School Graduation
The state’s high school graduation rate continues to climb in North Carolina as eight in 10 students entering ninth grade in 2008-2009 completed high school with their peers in four years or less.
North Carolina Set to Leave Billions in Potential Revenue on the Table
Action for Children North Carolina 2012 Legislative Agenda for Children, Home in Henderson (02.01.2012)
See poverty or not, the numbers don't lie New figures show more poor people in America than ever, Charlotte Observer (10.02.2011)
How much do you make?
You might not feel it's enough. But if you're the typical editorial reader, it's more than $11,139 a year. And if you head a family of four, it's probably more than $22,314.
Most of us don't want to imagine living on those amounts, the federal definitions of poverty in the United States. The relative abundance most of us enjoy can blind us to the poverty in our nation, and in our own communities. But it is all around.
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Michelle Hamilton says a day at Crisis Assistance Ministry often begins with a long line of people waiting for help.
In the last three years, the agency has seen a 100% increase in families seeking assistance.
"We've never seen this many people in need of assistance in the 36 year history of our agency," Hamilton said.
It's a tell-tell sign of a sluggish economy that's contributing to the increasing poverty rate in North Carolina.
NC poverty increase sparks worry about the future, CNBC, MSNBC, Forbes, Business Week, CBS Money Watch and more (9.29.11)
RALEIGH, N.C. - In the past, people struggling financially came to the Crisis Ministry in Cary searching for help with their electrical bills. Now, their problems are bigger and they're more likely to need help keeping a roof over their heads.