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Child Poverty Research Data & Publications

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  • Black and White: Black Children Compared to White Children 01/13/11
    Black and White: Black Children Compared to White Children
    CDF produced a one-page document comparing Black and White children in the crucial areas of poverty, family structure, health, education and the criminal justice system.
  • The State of Black Children and Families: Black Perspectives On What Black Children Face And What The Future Holds 01/13/11
    The State of Black Children and Families: Black Perspectives On What Black Children Face And What The Future Holds
    New research conducted by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the Black Community Crusade for Children (BCCC) found two issues have risen to the top of serious concerns the Black community faces.
  • Center for Labor Market Studies-Northeastern University Study on Youth Employment 12/31/10
    Center for Labor Market Studies-Northeastern University Study on Youth Employment
    Andy Sum, professor of economics and director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, conducted a study that found the American dream and employment opportunities vanishing for many Black young people.
  • Held Captive: Child Poverty in America 12/20/10
    Held Captive: Child Poverty in America
    "Held Captive": Child Poverty in America, a new report commissioned and published by the Children's Defense Fund, found that the plight for poor children in Mississippi is so dire, enriching experiences so meager and government aid so inadequate and spotty that after school tutoring and reading programs in Quitman County and two other Delta counties are funded by foreign aid, a grant from the Bernard van Leer Foundation of the Netherlands.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 11/23/10
    Child Watch® Column: "A Thanksgiving Day Prayer to End Poverty in All Its Forms in Our Rich Land"
    In this Thanksgiving week of 2010, when 15.5 million children are living in poverty – many hungry and homeless; when the gap between rich and poor is the highest ever; when the very richest Americans have reaped a huge tax windfall from the Bush tax cuts and some political leaders want to give them more; and when, incredibly, some political leaders are playing politics with the very survival of our children and earth in our nuclear saturated world by blocking immediate passage of the START treaty to control nuclear weapons, I hope we will pray for an end to child poverty in all of its forms.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 11/19/10
    Child Watch® Column: "Hunger in a Season of Plenty"
    "It's dinner time in America. But for 1 in 4 children, you'd never know it." The ad with the simple image of an empty plate is meant to catch your eye—especially if you came across it in the November issue of a favorite magazine, tucked among the tips for a traditional Thanksgiving feast.
  • 11/18/10
    Marian Wright Edelman's Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Children and Families of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, U.S. Senate
    On November 18, 2010, CDF President Marian Wright Edelman testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The hearing entitled, "The State of the American Child: Securing Our Children's Future", brought together a distinguished panel of witnesses to testify on the dire state of our children during these difficult economic times and how citizens and lawmakers must act now to secure our children's future and our nation's future. Others on the panel included, Helen Blank, Director of Leadership and Public Policy for the National Women's Law Center, Dr. Michael Casserly, Executive Director of the Council on Great City Schools, Peter Edelman , Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center and Faculty Co-Director, Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy, Jennifer Garner, Artist Ambassador, Save the Children and Dr. David Satcher, Director, The Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, Morehouse School of Medicine.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 11/12/10
    Child Watch® Column: "The Threat of Persistent Poverty"
    Recent reports state that more Americans are now living in poverty in the suburbs than in cities—a trend that has increased dramatically during the recession. At the same time, there has been an increase in the number of families who once donated to food pantries or other organizations serving the poor who now need to turn to these same places for help themselves.
  • 10/25/10
    Carsey Institute Report: The Unequal Distribution of Child Poverty: Highest Rates among Young Blacks and Children of Single Mothers in Rural America
    Carsey Institute Report: The Unequal Distribution of Child Poverty: Highest Rates among Young Blacks and Children of Single Mothers in Rural America
  • Marian Wright Edelman 10/22/10
    Child Watch® Column: "Children Can't Vote But You Can – And Must"
    But any voter who isn't enthusiastic about the ability to place a vote and have a say in these midterm elections for local, state, and national leaders is shirking their responsibility and wasting a huge opportunity others have struggled and died for. Those of us who participated in and lived through the Civil Rights Movement know firsthand that the right to vote is something Black Americans were fighting and dying for not very long ago.
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