Fifty years ago, President Johnson, in declaring the war on poverty, called on Americans to “replace despair with opportunity.” Orange Children & Parents Together (OCPT) stepped up to the plate and has been providing programs that promote children’s cognitive, social, and physical development, which may help to buffer some of poverty’s negative effects. OCPT understands that children growing up in poor households are more likely to be unhealthy, drop out of school, have chronic health problems as adults, and earn lower wages than those not poor during childhood. We are acutely aware that poverty is even more prevalent among children under five – a startling 25% of America’s infants and toddlers are living in poverty. Everyday our quality programs, teaching staff, and family support services educate and equip our children and families with transformative tools for positive social and economic change. For more information on how you can get involved, please join our eNewsletter and continue reading further about the impacts of poverty on vulnerable children here.