Across grades, children living in families below the Federal Poverty Level missed, on average, slightly over one day more than their non-poor peers. In kindergarten, 21 percent of poor children were chronic absentees, compared to nearly 8 percent of their non-poor peers.
Why is that? Well, a lot of things were said already about connection between your income level and you educational achievement level. Money enable children to go to private schools, use educational toys, read more books etc, therefore they are more prepared for learning and development than those who cannot afford all of these. In addition to that, we can also say that children from low-income families are less likely to be motivated to study because usually they have to start working as early as they can to support their family.
54% of children living in lone-parent households are living in income poverty.
85% of children living in a household where no one is in paid work lives in income poverty
20% of those children entitled to free school meals did not take them up through fear of stigma and bullying.
In his book Jan Flaherty analyses poverty rates in the UK and its influence on people and the country.
As we can see from the graph above, absenteeism rate is higher for those childen, whose families' income is below Poverty Level, which proves that poverty affects perfomance of children.