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More than a quarter of England’s children live in poverty, giving it one of the highest rates of child poverty in the developed world.

Spending cuts, stagnating wages and increased living costs put families under huge pressure. But across England, our work with partners helps give children the best possible start in life.

Working with families and local partners, we help catalyse and facilitate new approaches to improving young children’s early development, among families experiencing poverty.

Our flagship Early Learning Communities bring together schools, local councils, families and more to design new ways to support young childrens learning.

We currently have Early Learning Communities in Margate, Feltham (West London) and Sheffield. We are also leading a partnership in Tower Hamlets (East London).


Despite the rhetoric from across the political spectrum, the reality is that too many children are still denied a fair chance to succeed.

We'll continue to stand up for children who are facing poverty. At the highest levels of government we press for significant policy change.

Right now, we're asking leaders to ensure all children get the support they need in their early years to start school ready to learn.

To learn more about the difficulties facing many families, read 'It's just constant debt', our report on the struggles to fund childcare under Universal Credit.

How we're helping Daniel

Daniel, age 4, lives in Manchester with his mum, dad and sister


Daniel, age 4, lives in Manchester with his mum, dad and sister. He loves reading books with his Mum and dressing up as his favourite superhero!

Daniel and his mum tested our Early Years chatbot, TwoCan, which provided them with tips and activities that helped Daniel's language to soar.

"Before using TwoCan I was doing some activities with Daniel like they were just mechanical, but now it's not just that," said Daniel's mum. "I can use all the activities, and rotate activities to improve his language!"

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