In England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, we work to narrow the gap between children in poverty & better-off classmates. By promoting early learning, we help children realise their potential.
We're uniting familes and schools, ensuring the poorest children get help, building positive home environments and campaigning for children's futures.
Since the impact of the pandemic, our emergency grant delivered early learning packs, supermarket vouchers and household essentials to the most vulnerable families.
We've campaigned for social security support, called for governmental help for families through a difficult winter and worked with Marcus Rashford's team to help hungry children in lockdown.
HOW WE'RE HELPING MAISIE
When the coronavirus pandemic came, things got hard for Maisie and her family. Her mum Vikki lost her job, and home-schooled both Maisie and her sister Amelia. They were out of school for months during lockdown.
Vikki sadly also lost her grandfather to the deadly virus.
Thanks to your support, we made it a bit easier. We helped Vikki get food vouchers and a crafty learning pack, so Maisie and Amelia could be ready to return to school.
Despite the challenges, super mum Vikki has cherished every moment with her kids.
“Everything is recorded so that they have something to look back on and think wow, as a family we got through this.”
- 30% of children in the UK live in poverty
- 1 in 3 children living in poverty fall behind with their education
- 23% in England miss expected levels of language development by 5.
- Families Connect: Increasing parents’ skills and confidence to support learning
- Children's Communities: Working with partners and agencies to prevent gaps for children to fall through
- Building Blocks: Helping families with essentials to support learning and development
- Winter Plan for Children: Fighting for families on low incomes
EMERGENCY GRANTS IN ACTION
Related reports and blogs
Supporting families through Covid:
This report sets out what we have learned from our Emergency Response about families' experiences of the pandemic.
Dropped into a cave:
How families with young children experienced lockdown
The pandemic has been a stark reminder of our vulnerability as individuals, as societies and as a species.
Lighting up Young Brains: How parents, carers and nurseries support children’s brain development in the first five years
Looks at the science behind young children's brain development and its relationship to children's language development.
Untapped Potential: How England's nursery lottery is failing too many children
This report shows that more than a quarter of a million children were locked out of high-quality childcare provision in 2015, affecting children from families right across society, in better-off as well as poor areas. But our analysis also provides compelling evidence that children in the poorest areas are most likely to miss out on this crucial support in their first years.
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