Pediatrician and author Perri Klass has written a powerful essay on childhood poverty as a disease. She writes in part:
Toxic stress is the heavy hand of early poverty, scripting a child’s life not in the Horatio Alger scenario of determination and drive, but in the patterns of disappointment and deprivation that shape a life of limitations.
What Klass emphasizes, what many of us know, is that investing in our children is vital to their healthy survival as well as the healthy survival of our society. Such an investment is just, is compassionate, is faithful, and is practical.
–Sandy Irving, Volunteer Program Associate