Education Investments Build Wealth and Health For All
Ensuring quality education for all SMC students can help build resident economic well-being, which is a key component for community health. Research on intergenerational mobility shows that school quality plays a critical role in determining whether a person remains in poverty or moves up the economic ladder. California has some of the highest child poverty rates in the nation, and a larger share of children of color experience poverty than white children. In San Mateo County, 39% of households with children struggle to make ends meet. Improving access to quality schools and early childhood education can address these disparities and foster economic mobility for all.