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Child Poverty Research Data & Publications

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  • 09/19/14
    Child Watch® Column: "The High Moral and Economic Cost of Child Poverty in America"
    Just released U.S. Census Bureau data reveals 45.3 million people were poor in America in 2013. One in three of those who are poor is a child. Children remain our poorest age group and children of color and those under five are the poorest. More than one in five infants, toddlers, and preschoolers were poor during their years of greatest brain development and vulnerability.
  • 08/29/14
    Child Watch® Column: “'The Emotional Toll of Growing Up Black in America"
    Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, a brilliant Black Ohio State University professor, recently opened the Educational Testing Service and Children’s Defense Fund co-sponsored symposium on Advancing Success for Black Men in College by sharing a question his 14-year-old son asked him: why did he get in trouble for speaking out of turn when he jumped in to answer his teacher’s question, but when his White friend did the same thing she was praised for being excited about learning?
  • 08/22/14
    Child Watch® Column: “'Who’s Looking for Me?': God’s and America’s Invisible Children"
    Not long ago Reverend Romal Tune was the child in “Who’s Looking for Me,” his spoken word piece shared below—the hungry boy begging strangers for money and watching them cross the street to avoid him; the teenager planning his funeral with his then 15-year-old cousin because “dying meant that we would finally be noticed; people would finally see us and treat us like we mattered.
  • 07/03/14
    Child Watch® Column: “Breaking the Code of Silence”
    “I found my voice long before I became a writer in community organizing. That’s where I found my voice, where I was able to take all that pain and transform it into something useful in the world, and I never looked back.” Michael Patrick MacDonald is a storyteller.
  • 05/23/14
    Child Watch® Column: “From Hardship to Hope”
    Foster care is intended to be a temporary solution during one of the darkest times of a child’s life, but the average length of stay is nearly two years, and every year more than 23,000 youths “age out” of foster care at age 18 or older without being connected to a forever family.
  • 05/16/14
    Child Watch® Column: “From Freedom Summer to Freedom Schools”
    As a brand new law school graduate in 1963 I was fortunate enough to receive one of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF)’s first two fellowships to help young attorneys seeking to practice in the South. After a year of intensive preparation at LDF’s New York City headquarters under the tutelage of an extraordinarily gifted and committed band of attorneys, I opened a law office in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • 05/09/14
    Child Watch® Column: “The Opportunity Gap”
    In the spring of 1954, like so many Black families, mine waited anxiously for the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. My father and I talked about it and what it would mean for my future and the future of millions of other Black children who were attending segregated but unequal Black schools.
  • 05/06/14
    Children in the States Factsheets 2014
    These factsheets provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk for children in the states.
  • 05/02/14
    Child Watch® Column: “The Budget Is Not Fair, Mr. Chair”
    On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, testified before the House Budget Committee on the impact of the War on Poverty on children and how our nation can finish the job started by President Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago.
  • 04/30/14
    A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Lessons from the Frontlines
    Written testimony by CDF President Marian Wright Edelman delivered to the House Budget Committee on April 30, 2014, during the hearing, "A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Lessons from the Frontlines". Earlier this month the House of Representatives passed the budget proposed by Chairman Ryan that would severely undercut the progress made since the War on Poverty was declared. The budget gets 69 percent of its cuts from programs that assist low-income children and families, while asking nothing from the wealthiest. It cuts tax rates for the richest Americans by taking food and other supports from children.
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