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.

Learn about the impacts of family income on children in Marin including Income and Poverty, Food, Housing and Child Care facts.

For example, in Marin:

  • 32.5% of children live in households with an income that is insufficient to meet the basic needs of the family an increase of 2.5% from 2013. (
  • 19% of children (9,800 children) live in homes where there was not a dependable, consistent resource to provide enough food for healthy growth. (Feeding America)
  • Up to 800 families are on the wait list for affordable childcare; many more need it, but do not qualify. (Marin Child Care Council)

“Poverty hurts children and destroys their dreams, hopes, and opportunities. Child poverty can be ended and prevented if we want to.”

Marian Wright Edelman

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What We Can Do

Here is just a sample of what we in Marin can do together. These are local solutions that individuals, policymakers and businesses can support and implement.

Economic Sufficiency Policy Agenda

  • Create safety net services at schools. Address needs such as food access, school supplies, health care access, counseling, academic assistance and caring adult role models. Family resource centers such as the one at Venetia Valley School help parents engage in their child’s education and provide support to families.
  • Support affordable housing options for all families in Marin to reduce overcrowded living situations and help families.
  • Volunteer and donate to our local food bank.
  • Provide breakfast and lunch at all schools to assure all children have a healthy start to their day. Continue to expand access to free and reduced priced meals at schools during summer and school breaks for children who depend on free meals for their primary source of food.
  • Assure every eligible child is enrolled in reduced price meals and their families are enrolled in SNAP (food stamp) programs, if they are eligible. Use “one stop” programs such as SparkPoint Center at Community Action Marin to assist families to enroll in services that promote economic self-sufficiency.
  • Expand child care subsidies for low- to moderate-income families on a sliding scale. Advocate with elected state officials to raise state income limits and reimbursement rates for state subsidized child care centers to meet the actual cost of care.
  • Support higher wages for early childhood education workers and other minimum wage workers.