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According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, progress made in reducing child and teen gun deaths in the second half of the 2000s ground to a near halt in 2011 and 2012. Between 2006 and 2010, gun deaths of children and teens ages 0-19 decreased an average of 123 deaths every year, for a total reduction of 490 fewer deaths in 2010, a 15 percent reduction. Since 2010, gun deaths in children and teens have decreased only by 18 deaths a year, an 85 percent reduction in the previous rate of decrease.
According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on October 16, 2014, federal safety net programs kept 8.2 million children, more than 11 percent of children, out of poverty in 2013, and cut the child poverty rate from 27.5 percent to 16.4 percent, a 40 percent reduction (see Figure and Table 1). These numbers are based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure,
which, unlike the official poverty measure, takes into account the impact of safety net benefits
and necessary expenses on the resources available to families, as well as geographic differences in
Congress has approved new measures to improve the quality of federally-supported child care. S.1086, The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014– approved with bipartisan support by the House of Representatives on September 15th and the Senate on November 17th – continues the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program.
State data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 18, 2014 reveal that child poverty remains at record high levels in the states, and that the highest rates are for children of color and young children.
Child Poverty in America 2013: National Analysis
The 2014 National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® manual is a resource to assist faith communities in planning a Children's Sabbath celebration in their place of worship. This year's theme "Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor with Urgency and Persistence” will help guide participants to live up to the sacred charge to nurture and protect children and the poor, to equip members with new understanding about the huge threats facing children and democracy, and to join together as a place of worship and with other places of worship in your community and across our nation to ensure a level playing field for every child.
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.
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.
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary source of federal funding for child care, but CCDBG has not been reauthorized since 1996. The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013 (S.1086) would reauthorize CCDBG and takes important steps to improve the quality of care for children, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable; establishes minimum health and safety standards in child care; and provides additional supports to assist working parents in finding high-quality care.
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides child-appropriate health services to more than 8 million children in working families across America. Since its enactment in 1997, CHIP has helped to cut the number of uninsured children in half to the lowest level on record, while improving health outcomes and access to care. Created specifically for children, CHIP’s benefits and provider networks are designed to ensure children have access to child-appropriate services, providers, specialists, and facilities. Cost-sharing for CHIP (when states choose to apply it) is affordable for families so they can access the services their children need.