Education, Health, and Workforce Development Data
20% of young people under 18 years of age in Beaufort County live below the poverty level (2018).
61% of children in Beaufort County schools are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches (2016).
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. White students met or exceeded expectations in math and English at a rate three times higher than black students and two times higher than Hispanic students (2018).
NOC’s afterschool program helps children master skills in math and language arts through tutoring, homework support, and internet-based learning.
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.
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 2,000 adults and children.
Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) – U.S. Census Bureau
South Carolina Quick Facts – U.S. Census Bureau
Beaufort County School District Census  – Census Reporter
South Carolina Economic Outlook (June 2020)  – SC Department of Commerce
July 17, 2020 Over 5k Workers in Beaufort County Remain Unemployed  – Island Packet
October 16, 2018: More than Half of Students in BCSD aren’t meeting SC Standards  – Island Packet
July 27, 2017: 8 Public Schools in Beaufort County to Provide Free Meals to All Students – Island Packet
December 10, 2015: Beaufort County Schools Seek to Close Achievement Gap  – Island Packet
September 30, 2011: Poverty in Beaufort County on the Rise  Island Packet