Poverty's Face: Effects of Great Recession make it harder for kids to succeed

The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY)

August 1, 2011


Children who start their lives malnourished, without health care and emotionally stressed from their parents’ homelessness, poverty and unemployment face huge challenges in succeeding in school and life. A new report from the Children’s Defense Fund says that America’s children fared especially badly during the Great Recession, creating roadblocks to success. Child poverty increased by almost 10 percent between 2008 and 2009 — the largest one-year increase since 1960, according to the State of America’s Children 2011. The report is stuffed with hundreds of distressing statistics that paint a grim picture of how conditions for America’s children have declined.
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