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  • In Enid, it is estimated that nearly 3,000 children live under the poverty level.
  • Approximately 41% of female-headed households with children under age 18 are below the poverty level and if a child in the household is under age 5, the rate jumps to 56%.
  • Nearly 60% of children 0-5 years old in Garfield County need care while parents work.
  • Infant and toddler child care is the greatest unmet care need in our community.
  • 20% of child care seekers in the county were unable to find openings in licensed child care last year.
  • 1 in 3 children are born into poverty. By the age of 5, many are already developmentally behind.
  • 80% of preschool teachers say parents lack of understanding about their child's development is one of the biggest issues at school.
  • One of the most effective ways to reduce poverty and increase self sufficiency is through education. Approximately 18% of persons ages 25 and older in Garfield County have not completed high school.
  • Various research indicates that children who feel connected to a parent are protected against many kinds of health risks including emotional distress, suicidal thoughts and attempts, cigarette, alcohol, and marijuana use, violent behavior and early sexual activity.
 
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