63% of the families served by Sixpence programs in 2013 had three or more of the required risk factors. The presence of multiple risk factors contributes to negative learning outcomes, making early intervention even more critical.

Sixpence serves children at risk. The targeted population for Sixpence funds is infants and toddlers (birth to age three) who are most at risk of failure in school.

Sixpence defines "at risk" for children birth to age 3 as any of the following:

  • A family income that qualifies for participation in the federal free or reduced lunch program
  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • A language other than spoken English is used as the primary means of communication at home
  • Parents who are younger than 20
  • Parents who have not completed high school

There are many additional factors that cause infants and toddlers to be considered “at risk;” however, applications for Sixpence funds must indicate that funds will go to serve infants and toddlers who have, at a minimum, one or more of the above criteria. Additional risk factors may be targeted.