In underserved communities, increased anxiety around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and racism is impeding learning and increasing demands on educators, according to survey results gathered by First Book.
The First Book-Molina Health Needs Assessment gathered input from more than 2,100 First Book members, who exclusively serve low-income communities, to identify the most significant barriers to health and wellness faced by their students. The results revealed that educators saw mental health, or a combination of mental and physical health, as an obstacle to academic success by nearly 90 percent of respondents.
The Stories for All Project: 60,000 New Books to Increase Diversity, Promote Inclusivity
In a survey of the educators First Book serves, 90 percent of respondents agreed that the children in their programs would be more enthusiastic readers if they had access to books with characters, stories, and images that reflect their lives and their neighborhoods.
First Book members work in classrooms, afterschool and summer or early childhood programs, shelters and health clinics, libraries, community programs, military support programs and other settings.
Our network of educators provides feedback that helps identify and remove the barriers to education for the kids they serve.