One of Smart’s most significant accomplishments is our recent expansion from our 3 pilot communities of Charlestown, Mattapan and Roslindale to include the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Lower Roxbury and now the South End. We have a total of 22 sites where Smart from the Start programs are facilitated in the seven urban communities across the City of Boston.
As you know, Smart from the Start targets, exclusively, the most underserved families and communities in the city. The overwhelming majority of our families live in public or subsidized housing, and our average family income is approximately $7,000 annually. 77% of our families are unemployed at the time of enrollment and at least half do not have a high school education. Despite incredible strengths and resiliencies, many of them struggle with issues such as maternal depression, substance abuse, domestic and community violence, teen parenthood and more.
Smart serves a culturally and ethnically diverse population of families, who hail from places such as China, Somalia, Haiti, Eastern Europe, Cape Verde, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ecuador and the United States. We are currently facilitating programming in 5 languages — English, Spanish, Haitian-Creole, Cantonese and Somali.
Self Described Demographics
- 34% Black/Black Caribbean
- 8% Asian
- 34% Latino/Hispanic
- 14% Caucasian
- 1% Other
Families with children ages 0 to 5 years old.
Family structures of current participants include single- and two-parent families, kinship and foster families, grandparents raising their grandchildren, and teen parents.