In 2021, 17.9% (2,876) of young children in our region lived below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), and 25.3% (4,067) of young children in our region lived between 100 percent and 200 percent of the FPL in our region.
Among the children under 5 years old in our region, 69.3% are White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, 18.3% from Hispanic or Latino, 11.7% from Two or more races, 6.1% from Some other race alone, 2.7% from American Indian and Alaska Native alone, 2.3% from Asian alone, and 0.3% from Black or African American alone.
In 2021, Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties had a population of 271,733 with children under 5 making up almost 5% of the population. Of the children under 5 population, Linn County has 15.9% living in rural areas, Benton County has 35.6% and Lincoln County has 32.7%.
The future prosperity of Oregon is reliant upon the future prosperity of the people of Oregon. The Oregon Equity Lens states, "We believe that ending disparities and gaps in achievement begins in the delivery of quality Early Learner programs and appropriate parent engagement and support. This is not simply an expansion of services -- it is a recognition that we need to provide services in a way that best meets the needs of our most diverse segment of the population, 0-5 year olds and their families."
Schools are at the very core of our work and the foundation of our strategic framework for getting children ready for school and supporting stable families. Without strong schools and support for families, our children will not continue to grow into the adults we need them to be for the future.
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