Who We Serve
Bridgeport is a city rich in diversity. Of its 36,000 children, 41% are Latino, 37% are African-American, 33% are white and 3% are Asian. More than 70 languages are spoken in Bridgeport’s schools. (Read the State of the Child Report.)
Nearly 30% of Bridgeport children live in poverty. One in four African-American children are poor and one in three Latino children in Bridgeport are poor. Children in poverty are more likely to suffer poor health throughout childhood. They are often victims of hunger and malnutrition.
Poor children have higher rates of serious health problems and premature death because of poor access to medical care, inadequate preventive care, poor housing and nutrition, and exposure to environmental hazards.
We recognize that cities do not have walls and that children’s needs do not have geographic boundaries. So BCAC works to increase awareness of regional interconnections and to develop solutions to meet the needs of all children. BCAC speaks out for our youngest citizens who cannot speak for themselves.