WHO ARE COOPER’S FAMILIES?
Cooper’s programs address the needs of children and their families living in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain. Most of the families are either low-income and/or single parents. Cooper is located in the heart of the highest concentration of public housing in Massachusetts, with fewer resources available than in other parts of the city.
According to a recent Census, Lower Roxbury is approximately 70% African-American, 20% Hispanic, 7% Caucasian, and 2% Asian. This neighborhood is unusually youthful—more than 33% of the population is under the age of 18, with 14% under the age of 10. Almost 20% of the babies are born to teen mothers. This area is among Boston’s poorest, with a mean household income of less than $20,000. Of working families, 66% earn less than $20,000/year with 37% living in poverty. Low cost, year around childcare is critical to this neighborhood.
44% of families served live at or below the poverty level
Over 90% are eligible for free or reduced lunch
WHO ARE COOPER’S CHILDREN?
|Age:||1 month – 2.9 years:||16%|
|2.9 – 6 years:||54%|
|5 – 12 years:||30%|
|African:||14% (primarily Nigerian)|
|Family Structure:||Single parent family:||80%|
|Two parent family:||10%|