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Halton & Hamilton

Education Inequality

Only 42 per cent of parents in Halton have participated in a community activity or event held at school. In Hamilton, only 64 per cent of residents feel connected to their community.

If a child cannot read at their grade level by the time they reach Grade 3, there is a greater chance they will not graduate high school. More than three quarters of children who come from low-income backgrounds do not meet this crucial milestone.

Education is the foundation to the success of a child’s life. When a parent is involved, numerous benefits are shown: children achieve more, regardless of ethnic or racial background, socioeconomic status or parents’ education level. When parents increase their interaction level with their child, they become more responsive and sensitive to their children’s social, emotional, and intellectual developmental needs. When children have a close relationship with their parents, they have better self esteem, more self-discipline, and show higher aspirations, all laying a solid foundation for a successful school life.

United Way Halton & Hamilton invests in multiple programs that allow children to access programming crucial to their curriculars and their health. Studies show by giving children in low-income households support to these programs show improvement in their self-perception, school social groups and positive social behaviours. They also increase their academic performance through grade scores and attendance.

Single mothers make up for the largest portion of lone-parent families, accounting for 8 out of 10. Parents who lead single parent households are 12 per cent less likely to obtain a post-secondary education.

Family background has an impact on post-secondary education participation rates. In Hamilton, about 14,000 youth are living in poverty, and many of them have not completed schooling.

In Halton, school engagement and some developmental assets have shown to be increasing, however, student nutrition, physical activity, and mental wellbeing are still areas requiring action. Hamilton’s response to youth issues is providing a strong network of social supports to young people. While many factors compound each other, failure to complete school, discrimination, and poverty are seen as three critical issues that programs can tarot and help alleviate.

A major risk factor for visible minority youth leaving school are prejudice in school and lack of support for staying in school. Emotional and physical wellness are strongly correlated and equally important components of wellbeing and youth are at the greatest risk of experiencing mental and physical difficulties such as loneliness, worry, injury, and bullying.

United Way Halton & Hamilton invests in multiple programs that allow children to access programming crucial to their curriculars and their health. Studies show by giving children in low-income households support to these programs show improvement in their self-perception, school social groups and positive social behaviours. They also increase their academic performance through grade scores and attendance.

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