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Children in Poverty

Pondering the Deeper Meanings of This Holy Season

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Something is deeply awry in our nation with the world's biggest economy that lets its children be the poorest group and the younger they are the poorer they are during their years of greatest brain development. The Prince of Peace is mocked as we let a child be injured or killed by guns every thirty minutes.

These Are The Best (And Worst) Places In America To Raise Children

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents

Despite the fact that more and more children are living in poverty, the nation’s kids are generally getting better educations and leading healthier ...

What About the State of Children Living Outside the Womb?

Ellen Magnis | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Ellen Magnis

No matter what your position is on the highly complex and deeply personal subject of abortion, I just have to know: Why do we seem to care so much about fetuses but then not so much after the big birth event?

What It's Like to Grow Up in a Slum

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

For the millions of youth living in slums, daily life can be grim. Kids start their lives on poverty's front lines, without access to education, infrastructure or sanitation. They are subject to hunger and disease, and are thrust prematurely into adult responsibilities.

Saving Lives One Bead At A Time

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Now Millie has a small house of her own, financed by a brick-making business she runs. And this was made possible because she learned how to roll beads out of strips of recycled paper.

What's Poverty Got to Do With Education?

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 12.06.2012 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

The effects of poverty shape long-term health and development in profound ways. When children are exposed to adverse experiences -- physical, emotional, or substance abuse, mental illness, violence-- their systems are stressed to the max.

Beyond the Bubble: Children's Books That Illustrate Poverty

Jennifer Dorr | Posted 12.27.2012 | Parents
Jennifer Dorr

Our presidential candidates don't discuss the poor, but I feel that as a parent, I should. In America, it's too easy to live in a bubble that reinforces one's own class reality.

Not to Mention the Toilet Paper

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.25.2012 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Why does this matter? Because in order to learn kids need to be clean, healthy and well fed and in order to work -- to get hired -- the same is true for adults.

WATCH: 5 Guys Get Shot With 21,000 Paintballs To Represent Child Poverty Death Rate

Matt Jones | Posted 10.08.2012 | Impact
Matt Jones

Extremely large numbers are often difficult to comprehend. We constantly talk big figures--100,000 attend a rally, 1 billion watch the Olympics on tel...

What A Diaper Means For A Child's Future

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 09.19.2012 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

It might seem odd to think that something as small as diapers can affect bigger things like education, jobs and child welfare, but it's true.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness... Do We Still Believe?

Jaime Hanks | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Jaime Hanks

Life throws us all lemons, but if you don't have the tools or resources available -- like sugar and water or education and basic needs met -- you can't turn them in to lemonade, no matter how hard you try.

The Global Search for Education: Water

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.21.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

World Water Day on March 22 is a day on which all global citizens should focus their attention on the importance of fresh water to sustainable development.

America's Mobility Problem

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The truth is, we've become a nation of narcissists. For many Americans -- particularly Republicans -- the core value is not "E pluribus unum" but rather, "What's in it for me?"

Poor, Homeless Students Living Out Of Cars As Childhood Poverty Climbs

Posted 01.29.2012 | Education

More than 16 million children now live in poverty in the United States, the highest number since 1962. In all, 19.8 percent of school children were l...

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Stupid

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

"The Economy Stupid" were the words on the now famous sign in successful presidential candidate Bill Clinton's 1992 war room. Today, that sign should be in the war rooms of all candidates.

Normalizing Poverty With Hope

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Is poverty in America becoming normalized? Have 16.4 million children living in poverty become an accepted part of American life? The answer seems to be yes.

National and State Safety Nets Fail to Catch Millions of Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our child poverty statistics are morally and economically indefensible. Is this the best America can do? Is this the reflection of our values as a nation?

In Defense of Tavis and Cornel

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 10.10.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Fauntroy

Who can reasonably argue against greater governmental action on poverty or leveling the economic playing field for all Americans? Who really believes it is a bad idea to call attention to the millions of people now living near or below the poverty line?

Paving the Road to a Hungrier, Unhealthier and Less-Educated Nation

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Kids who spend more than half their childhood in poverty earn, on average, 39 percent less than median income as adults. Yet, a majority of House lawmakers want to narrow the deficit by making things worse for today's kids.

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer to End Poverty in All Its Forms in Our Rich Land

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

In this Thanksgiving week of 2010, when 15.5 million children are living in poverty, when the gap between rich and poor is the highest ever, I hope we will pray for an end to child poverty in all of its forms.

Prison Prevention for Kids: A Little Money Well Spent

Ramon Resa, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ramon Resa, MD

Intervention at the right age can turn a kid away from gangs, crime, and drugs for good whereas doling out stiff penalties only seems to result in more people going to prison.