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Child Poverty

Medicaid: Help in Hard Times

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Medicaid is vital -- it provides hundreds of millions of children who are poor or have disabilities with comprehensive health coverage enabling them to become productive, taxpaying members of society.

Saki Knafo

More Children Now Live In High-Poverty Neighborhoods Than 10 Years Ago | Saki Knafo | Posted 02.23.2012 | Business

In the last decade, the number of children living in areas of concentrated poverty grew by 1.6 million, according to a new study released by the Annie...

Desperately Working to Stay Afloat

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

At one time, the Nations owned a home. But like so many other American families, their standard of living has declined over the past decade even though they are a two-parent working family.

Congress Warned 'Toxic Stress' Dooms Homeless Children To Lifelong Poverty

Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics

After the Apontes lost their Long Island home and moved into a motel, Yolanda and her husband began worrying about their youngest son, who had turned ...

Still Hungry in America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Last year more Americans relied on food stamps to eat than at any time since the program began in 1939 -- 46 million. Yet once again some voices are starting to wonder whether we really need robust anti-hunger programs in America.

It Is Our Moral Responsibility to Give Children Living in Poverty a Chance

Rev. Larry Snyder | Posted 04.11.2012 | Impact
Rev. Larry Snyder

It is time for innovation, a bold plan of action that will create a path of hope and opportunity for those currently living in poverty. Looking at these daunting rates of poverty in this country, it is clear that the status quo is not working.

Putting Our Citizen Sector First

Timothy P. Shriver | Posted 04.08.2012 | Impact
Timothy P. Shriver

Our leaders must recognize the corrosive effects of poverty, but also realize there are tens of millions of Republican and Democratic citizens alike who stand ready to tackle this issue. And citizens need small amounts to make a big difference.

Off the Radar: Why Does the National Political Dialogue Ignore the Impact of Long-Term Child Poverty on America's Future?

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Irwin Redlener, M.D.

Too many people -- including national leaders who should know better -- can't begin to understand what it means to be profoundly poor and the challenges faced by disadvantaged kids.

The Failure To Prioritize Our Children

Jim Winkler | Posted 04.07.2012 | Impact
Jim Winkler

Childhood poverty and obesity are a tarnish on who we are as people and at the end of the day, we all -- believers or not -- have a responsibility to do better.

"I Just Want a Job"

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Anyone who thinks welfare recipients do nothing but sit around and cash their checks isn't familiar with the schedules of Tiffany and many others like her.

Breaking the Cycle of Childhood Poverty

Rep. Chris Van Hollen | Posted 04.04.2012 | Impact
Rep. Chris Van Hollen

Unlocking the potential of Americans is the key to revitalizing the economy, lifting our communities, and strengthening our nation. Now more than ever, Congress must shed partisan politics and come together to break the cycle of childhood poverty.

What Childhood Poverty Means

Dr. Bill Frist | Posted 04.04.2012 | Impact
Dr. Bill Frist

America is the wealthiest nation in the world. The most technologically advanced. The most generous and accepting. We are the fastest car on the fastest track. We cannot afford to leave more than a fifth of our children behind.

Combating Childhood Poverty in Mississippi

Jim Hood | Posted 04.04.2012 | Impact
Jim Hood

Education is the key equalizer to children achieving their potential. A lack of education contributes to an undertrained and unprepared workforce which can lead to poverty and dependence.

Endangered in Washington D.C.: "The Win-Win"

Nicolle Wallace | Posted 04.04.2012 | Impact
Nicolle Wallace

At a time when poverty affects nearly one in four children in the United States, it's astonishing that a more vigorous debate isn't playing out in Washington about the best way to ensure that innocent children are not robbed of a bright future because they were too hungry to learn.

What's in Your Right Pocket?

Mark Ruffalo | Posted 04.03.2012 | Impact
Mark Ruffalo

Compassion is within us innately as a people and as a nation. So put aside the rhetoric and ask yourself: how much more than enough do you need? Whatever that amount is, there is always a little bit more left over for those who don't have even close to enough.

Let's Get to None in Four

Jennifer Garner | Posted 04.03.2012 | Impact
Jennifer Garner

Kids should never have to experience any kind of poverty in this country -- neither the more hopeful kind my mom experienced during the dustbowl depression, nor the kind the kids in West Virginia and Yucca face today. Let's make nearly one in four in poverty become none in four.

Childhood Poverty: A View From Abroad

Ross LaJeunesse | Posted 04.03.2012 | Impact
Ross LaJeunesse

Imagine if we eradicated childhood poverty in the United States. It would give our kids what they deserve. It would make us an even greater nation, better able to compete in the global economy, and it could spark change around the world.

Eliminating Childhood Poverty in America

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

Keeping children out of poverty in America will take more than just local community efforts. We need national policies that provide more opportunities for low-income families and put more Americans on a pathway out of poverty.

Mother Nature's Havoc Accentuates Poverty in Developing Nations

Anne Goddard | Posted 04.02.2012 | Impact
Anne Goddard

What the natural disasters of 2011 serve to remind us is that it is not simply during times of disaster when children bear burdens beyond their years.

Attorneys General Can Make a Difference in Fight Against Child Poverty

Dustin McDaniel | Posted 04.02.2012 | Impact
Dustin McDaniel

We owe it to our children to ensure they have an equal chance for success in the future, and attorneys general clearly have a role in that obligation. In fact, we all do.

Fighting Childhood Poverty: A Role for Everyone

Randy Jackson | Posted 09.25.2012 | Impact
Randy Jackson

In a country as wealthy as ours, why do we allow childhood poverty? How can we expect all our kids to succeed when almost a quarter of our kids don't have the basic tools of life, like books to read and food that helps them growth strong and healthy?

Food Delivery Program Offers Foodie Treats, Fights Child Hunger

Posted 01.31.2012 | Impact

Donating your time to ending child hunger might seem like a big task, but one organization ensures it can be a piece of cake. Or a truffle, or an ...

Rescuing the American Dream

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For decades, the cornerstone of fulfilling the American dream has been getting a good education. But that cornerstone has crumbled for millions of America's children.

WATCH LIVE Today: How Education Can Help Fight Poverty In America

Posted 03.26.2012 | Education

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, Mark Shriver, head of U.S. programs for Save the Children, will address middle and high students across the country in a...

Poverty High For Kids Across Michigan, But Especially In Detroit

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 01.24.2012 | Detroit

An annual report examining the living conditions for children across Michigan finds high poverty rates satewide, and even bleaker news for kids living...