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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 programmes help give children the best possible start in life.

Our Families Connect programme empowers parents to create a supportive home learning environment.

We're also developing our  approach for Children's Communities, which brings together key agencies in deprived areas, ensuring children don't fall behind.

And we're  empowering local agencies to create a support chain for our poorest children, no matter their stage of their development.

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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