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Child Poverty

Why We Must Restore the SNAP Cuts

Letitia James | Posted 04.20.2014 | New York
Letitia James

It is good policy to help those who are poor, struggling and hungry. Yet, the new Farm Bill that was recently passed in Washington is among the most short-sighted and regressive pieces of legislation we have seen in a long time.

The Hungry Child

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Hunger and malnutrition have devastating consequences for children. Federal nutrition programs continue to be a critical support to ensure children's daily nutritional needs are met: they put food on children's plates, help build healthy minds and bodies, and help lift families out of poverty.

New Report: More Working Mothers Are Low-Income; State Actions Needed

Brandon Roberts | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Brandon Roberts

State governments have significant authority and opportunity to assist low-income working families with children... if they have the will.

A Global Perspective on America's "War on Poverty" Anniversary

Anne Goddard | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

The most effective way to maintain progress over time is to educate children so that they have their own set of skills, skills that can ensure a sustainable tomorrow, provide economic security and create a future.

A New Kind of Early Childhood Investment: Getting a 'Head Start' on Saving

Terri Friedline, PhD | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Terri Friedline, PhD

As poverty affects millions of children in the United States each year and is a growing economic condition, we need preventive, economic interventions to right these unequal paths before it is too late and to invest in all children so they have better opportunities to reach their life's full potential.

Poverty and the Education Opportunity Gap: Will the SOTU Step Up?

Kevin Welner | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

Education researchers like me have been hoping policymakers will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. Yet I worry that the President will slip from an accurate diagnosis to unproven and ineffectual treatments.

Survey of World's Poorest Children Reveals Telling Insights

Anne Goddard | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Reflecting the differences in the range of responses from around the world, 90 percent of the children in Cambodia believe that alcohol is the chief cause of violence against children in their country.

It's Time to End Child Poverty in Rich America With Urgency and Persistence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty, the United States is still not a fair playing field for millions of children afflicted by preventable poverty, hunger, homelessness, sickness, poor education and violence in the world's richest economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $15.7 trillion. Every fifth child (16.1 million) is poor, and every tenth child (7.1 million) is extremely poor. Children are the poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are. Every fourth infant, toddler and preschool child (5 million) is poor; 1 in 8 is extremely poor. A majority of our one- and two-year-olds are already children of color. In five years children of color who are disproportionately poor, nearly 1 in 3, will be a majority of all children in America and of our future workforce, military and consumers. But millions of them are unready for school, poorly educated and unprepared to face the future.

Tackling Child Poverty: Having That Vision Thing

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Nobody -- no matter their political ideology -- should find it acceptable that 22 percent of our nation's children live in poverty

Women Are the Answer

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

After years of recession and lackluster recovery, somebody has finally stated the obvious: If women were participating in the American economy up to their potential, happy days would be here again.

Reproductive Rights Today: Still Not Safe

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 03.10.2014 | Women
Amelia Shroyer

Why aren't we critical of men's sexuality in the same way we constantly scrutinize and blame women?

For The Congressman Who Suggested That Kids Who Get Free Lunch Should Clean Floors

Melissa Sher | Posted 02.28.2014 | Parents
Melissa Sher

Half of all American children live in a home that has used or will use federal food assistance. It's almost unimaginable. And it makes what one high-ranking Congressman said nearly impossible to believe. In fact, it too would be unimaginable, had he not said it on video.

Let's Make 2014 the Year of the Child

Pam Allyn | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Children are so vulnerable. Their wellbeing has little to do with how hard they work, or their "grit" or persistence. It has everything to do with circumstance. Let's make 2014 a new kind of commitment to our world's children.

The Ghost of Christmas Present: Who Will Care for Our Children This Christmas?

Clark Power | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Clark Power

In Scrooge's comfortable moral world, parents are responsible for their "own" children. The Ghost of Christmas Present reveals that these wretched children belong to him and to us all. "They are Man's." These are our children, and we are all responsible for their future, which is ours.

Who Would Play You in a Movie About Your Life? This Young Boy Got to Find Out!

Rich Polt | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Rich Polt

Barely a teenager at the time, Zach's story would soon be made into a major motion picture from the director who brought us Rudy and Hoosiers.

Why My Daughters Are Not Wearing Uggs

Jody Becker | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Jody Becker

If you are an adorable girl living in one of many affluent zip codes around this country, a pair of Uggs is de rigueur footwear. I live in one of those zip codes. But my 8-and-10-year-old daughters know, for sure, that they will never, ever have a pair of Uggs.

New Year's Resolutions To Do Right By Children

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

While I'm all for dropping 20, kicking the habit and being more punctual, the most important resolutions we can make on New Year's focus on our children, not ourselves. My jiggly thighs aren't a national catastrophe, but the way we treat the next generation is.

Sounding the Siren for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

They have lifted millions of poor families and children out of poverty but now are under assault by political extremists. We must stand up and refuse to let them turn the clock of progress backwards.

Why I Took My Daughter to Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving

David Henry Sterry | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
David Henry Sterry

I want my daughter to understand that the corporate-fueled greed which has corrupted this country is EVIL. I want her to understand that people are more important than profit. I want her to understand that it's important to help people who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Preventable Hunger in Our Land of Plenty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

While many American families gather around the Thanksgiving table this week, some of us combining this year's traditional dinners with Hanukkah feasts, the nearly 49 million Americans living in food insecure households will be struggling to afford the food they need.

America's Greatest Shame: Child Poverty Rises and Food Stamps Cut While Billionaires Boom

Les Leopold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Les Leopold

All in all, you could not have designed a more perfect program to enrich the rich and do absolutely nothing for the 99 percent -- and as a result, sink ever more children into poverty.

Children and American Leadership: What Would the Roosevelts Do?

Bruce Lesley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Children are still struggling with high poverty, hunger, insecure housing, child abuse, inadequate early childhood services, and cuts to education that are leading millions of children down a pathway toward a dark and uncertain future. It is time we address their needs. Our future depends on it.

The Mason-Dixon "Red State" Child Poverty Line

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

As long as the Southern White anti-government, anti-tax, anti-child, anti-poor, and anti-Black faction controls the party, no one of good conscience should run as, vote for, or identify with the Republican Party.

The Shame of Our Nation

Diane Ravitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Someday we will say, as we should be saying now, that we cannot tolerate the loss of so many young lives. We cannot continue to blame teachers, principals, and schools for our society's collective abandonment of so many children.

Let's Talk About What Really Matters

Caryl M. Stern | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Caryl M. Stern

Last night in Washington, a group of leaders gathered to talk about something that really matters. Not political gossip, but children. The 18,000 young children who die each day of things we know how to prevent.