Many low-income children are struggling

Lena Weib

Educators working in low-income schools reported that 53% of students struggle with mental health issues, a problem that was worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey from educational nonprofit First Book and Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s On Our Sleeves alliance.

Yet only 20% of the 967 educators surveyed feel prepared to support those struggling students, the study found. 

By assessing the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on students and providing guidance for educators, the two organizations hope to address what they say is an urgent need for mental health support in low-income schools, said Becki Last, First Book’s chief programming officer. 

The survey, conducted between Dec. 13 and Jan. 21, surveyed educators serving students up to age 18 nationwide, including 50 who work in Ohio schools.

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