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For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Director of Policy
The Indefensible and Unjust State of America’s Children
Demands Action to End Child Poverty NOW!
Washington, D.C. – It is a national disgrace that children are the poorest Americans. The Children’s Defense Fund’s The State of America’s Children® 2017 details the immoral and preventable poverty, homelessness, hunger, health problems, poor education and violence plaguing children who are America’s responsibility and future.
The most recent data suggest:
The report addresses the dire needs facing children in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands even before the hurricanes; offers a portrait of immigrant children; and describes how America ranks among rich countries for investing in children. Despite our great wealth, the U.S. lags behind other industrialized nations in investing in our children and consistently ranks among the worst on key child outcomes. We should be ashamed.
“This is one of the scariest times America’s children have faced in the struggle to level the playing field as the last 50 years of progress in child health coverage, nutrition, and education are under assault,” said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund. “We should be building on what we know works and moving forward, not backwards, to improve the odds for children who need our protection. We urge the American public to stand up and stop this war on children now.”
Download The State of America’s Children® 2017 and a volume of one-page factsheets summarizing children’s status in individual states, the District of Columbia and nationwide here.
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