Click here to view the Economic Sufficiency Section of the MarinKids 2014 Data & Action Guide.

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Research shows that children who grow up poor are less likely to graduate from high school, attend higher education and have future economic success.  MarinKids tracks several indicators for economic well being for children in Marin including family income and access to basic needs.


  • 25% of children 0-18 live in households with a family income at or below $47,700 per year for a family of 4. Of those more than 6,000 children (9.1%) 0-18 years of age lived in households with an income from 0%-99% of the Federal Poverty Level – at or below $23,850 for a family of four. (American Community Survey, 2014)
  • 30% of children live in households that have a family income that does not meet basic needs. (Insight Center for Economic Development)

Basic Needs: Food, Housing and Child Care

  • 16% of children do not have sufficient food for healthy growth. (Feeding America)
  • 26.6% of students are eligible for free or reduced price meals at school. (CDE)

Summer and school breaks without the food program are a challenge for many children. According to the Children Now 2014 County Scorecard, only 14% of children eligible for free or reduced lunch are eating them during the summer (Children Now)

  • In 2013, Marin County Office of Education reported approximately 1,100 students as homeless or precariously housed.

The vast majority of homeless children and youth live in shelters, doubled up with friends or relatives, or in situations such as motels and campground and parking lots. Children who live in these circumstances are much more likely to have health, learning and emotional problems.

  • Up to 800 families are on the wait list for affordable childcare; many more need it but do not qualify

The high cost of child care challenges families to provide quality care for their children when they are at work. The market rate cost of care for an infant in Marin can reach as high as $1,437 per month ($17, 244 per year) and cost of care for children 2-5 years of age is approximately $13,000 per year – well beyond the reach of many families that live below the family self-sufficiency level. (Marin Child Care council)