Between 2001 and 2005, the percentage of students participating in clubs, community service, and sports increased. In 2005, sports had the highest participation rate for after-school activities, with 31 percent of kindergarten through eighth grade students participating.
Four out of five children enter kindergarten with the level of positive social skills that facilitate better school outcomes.
One out of every five black children ages 0-5 lived in poverty for at least nine years between 1987-1996
Most mothers and fathers report that they hug their children and tell their children that they love them every day, with daily hugs as high as 90 percent or more for the youngest children.
Public elementary schools in areas where most children are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches are much more likely than schools in wealthier areas to offer prekindergarten classes.
Young children from low income families are much less likely than those from high income families to have a regular bedtime and a regular mealtime. In 2000, 47 percent of those with annual family incomes at or below $17,500 had both the same bedtime and the same mealtime every day, compared with 70 percent for those with family incomes exceeding $60,000.