Our six answers to the same question.

How do you tell a privileged kid from a kid living in poverty?

The extra thirty-million words a privileged kid hears by age five.

How do you tell a privileged kid from a kid living in poverty?

Their birthday parties.

How do you tell a privileged kid from a kid living in poverty?

Their enrichment programs.

How do you tell a privileged kid from a kid living in poverty?

Their high school graduation rates.

A child’s birthday is a very special day!

No birthday this year

No birthday this year

A child’s birthday is a very special day. Its acknowledgement is important to the development of self-esteem, and we know that self-esteem begins at home, and that healthy self-esteem is critical to a child’s ability to develop and learn successfully.

One in five American children live in poverty. For children who are living in poverty and/or homeless, birthdays pass with little or no celebration.  Many children do not believe they have a birthday, or that they deserve a birthday, since it is never celebrated.