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For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.
The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries despite having the largest economy in the world. A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor and the younger she is the poorer she is likely to be. A child of color, who will be in the majority of U.S. children in 2020, is more than twice as likely to be poor as a White child. This is unacceptable and unnecessary. Growing up poor has lifelong negative consequences, decreasing the likelihood of graduating from high school and increasing the likelihood of becoming a poor adult, suffering from poor health, and becoming involved in the criminal justice system. These impacts cost the nation at least half a trillion dollars a year in lost productivity and increased health and crime costs. Letting a fifth of our children grow up poor prevents them from having equal opportunities to succeed in life and robs the nation of their future contributions.
Maine Voices: Federal Programs That Fund Food for Children Come Under Threat
April 3, 2015, Portland Press Herald
Critics Say GOP Education Reform Would Hurt Poor and Black Students
February 26, 2015, Black Voice News
CDF-Texas Beat the Odds® Benefit
Thursday, May 21, 2015
2015 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry: "How Long Must I Cry for Help? Bending the Arc toward God's Vision of Justice for Children"
Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24, 2015
2015 National Observance of Children's Sabbaths: "How Long Must I Cry for Help? Bending the Arc toward God's Vision of Justice for Children"
Friday, October 16 - Sunday, October 18, 2015