Education, Health, and Workforce Development Data


22.1% of young people under 18 years of age in Beaufort County live below the poverty level.
52% of children in Beaufort County schools are eligible for free or reduced price lunches.

NOC’s education, health, and workforce development programs create pathways for economic and social progress


95% of pre-school age children in low-income neighborhoods in Beaufort County lack access to affordable early childhood education.

NOC’s pre-school classes focus on school readiness skills so that children are prepared when they enter school.

After- School Program

40% of “new majority” students (African Americans and Hispanics) are under- performing in public schools in Beaufort County; 44% of minority 3rd graders failed to meet standards in math; 28% failed to meet standards in Language Arts.

NOC’s afterschool program helps children master skills in math and language arts through tutoring, homework support, and internet-based learning.

Adult Education

90% of Hispanics in low-income neighborhoods in Beaufort County lack a working knowledge of English.

NOC provides adult classes within neighborhoods to help adults become functional in English language

Health Care

90% of people living in low-income neighborhoods in Beaufort County have no health insurance and lack access to health care.

NOC, in conjunction with Beaufort Memorial Hospital and VIM, has provided free health screening to more than 1,500 adults and children.

Useful Links

The United StatesPoverty in the United States [3] – U.S. Census Bureau
Poverty Analysis [3] – World BankSouth CarolinaU.S. Census Bureau Statistics on South Carolina [4]News Stories about Poverty

March 21, 2009: A sign of hard times [5] Island Packet

March 9, 2009:          SC unemployment rate hits 10% in January [6] –

December 11, 2008:  SC unemployment expected to hit 14% by spring 2009 [7] – Associated Press

November 29, 2008:  As the economy falls, requests to food banks soar. [8] – Island Packet

November 16, 2008:  Rate of hunger among children rose 50% in 2007 [9] – Island Packet

November 15, 2008:   SC layoffs at state agencies mean less support for the poor and disabled [10] – Beaufort Gazette

November 12, 2008:   12% of SC children have no health insurance [11] – Island Packet

November 10, 2008:   History island church finds joy, hope in Obama presidency [12] – Island Packet

November 3, 2008:     State budget ax falls on special needs home [13] – Island Packet