Socio-economic status is one of the strongest predictors of life outcomes. It impacts your education, your health, your career choices, your friends and, most importantly, your children. Poverty is a heavy burden that families strain to get out from under. But how? It's long been known that a good education can pull a child out of poverty, but it's also known that poor children do poorly overall. Why? Is it the school, the teachers, the parents, the neighbourhood? Or is the issue far too complex to deal with at the micro level? We don't have all the answers but we've explored the issue of child poverty and education from many different angles and have compiled what we found out here.

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  • How can schools help Aboriginal students fit in? read more »
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  • How do mentors improve the lives of at-risk kids? watch video »
  • A good news story about a girl who grew up poor and made it big. watch video »
  • Do aboriginal students do better on or off reserves? read more »
  • Why are so many kids in poverty racialized? What does it mean for their education? watch video »
  • How does poverty affect brain development? watch video »
  • What is the reality of poverty in Ontario's schools? watch video »