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Ending Child Poverty Now shows for the first time how we can shrink overall child poverty by 60 percent, Black child poverty by 72 percent, rural child poverty by 68 percent and improve the economic circumstances of 97 percent of poor children, at a cost of just 2 percent of the federal budget. Read the report and spread the word about its important findings. You can also sign up here to receive updates on how you can support our campaign to end child poverty now.

Child Poverty in America 2015 National FactSheet

Poverty data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 13, 2016 reveal child poverty declined last year to 14.5 million poor children, one million fewer than in 2014, but still higher than before the recession began in 2007.

September 13, 2016

Child Care Access to Resources for Early-Learning Act

High-quality child care that supports children’s healthy development is crucial for working families. Quality early childhood development programs can help mitigate the negative effects of poverty and create lifelong benefits for America’s most vulnerable children. Unfortunately, the high costs of child care can be prohibitive for many families.

March 2, 2016

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State data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 17, 2015 reveal that child poverty in 2014 remains at record high levels in the states. Children are the poorest age group, and the poorest are children of color and those under age six.

October 28, 2015

Ending Child Poverty Now Talking Points

October 13, 2015

Child Poverty in America 2014 State Fact Sheet

State data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 17, 2015 reveal that child poverty in 2014 remains at record high levels in the states. Children are the poorest age group, and the poorest are children of color and those under age six.

September 22, 2015

Child Poverty in America 2014 National Fact Sheet

Poverty data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 16, 2015 reveal that child poverty declined slightly in 2014, from 21.5 percent in 2013 to 21.1 percent in 2014. While child poverty rates declined for Hispanic, White and Asian children, Black children saw an increase and continue to have the highest child poverty rate. Despite some decreases child poverty among all children remains at shamefully high levels. One in five children – 15.5 million – were poor in 2014, and children remain the poorest age group in the country.

September 17, 2015

Poverty Hurts Children, Yet More Than One in Five Children in America Lives in Poverty; Black Child Poverty Increases 10 Percent

September 16, 2015

Action Ideas for the 2015 Children's Sabbaths Weekend and Throughout the Year

The National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths is about more than worship — even though worship is central to the occasion. The weekend, with the insight and inspiration from the experience of worship, aims to generate powerful, faithful sustained action to improve the lives of children. The Children’s Sabbath resource manual usually offers dozens of ideas and suggestions for actions that places of worship might take on the Children’s Sabbath weekend to learn more and raise awareness, reach out and serve directly, and raise voices for justice. This year we are focusing on five key actions. We hope every place of worship will hold a “Bending the Arc Study & Action Circle” to study and act on CDF’s 2015 Ending Child Poverty Now report. Never has it been more important to prevent threatened federal budget cuts to the programs we know lift children out of poverty — ending child poverty requires more investment in these programs, not less. We hope you will also take one or more of the other actions. This focused, united action will amplify the impact of the Children’s Sabbath weekend and strengthen the connection across faith traditions as we unite to improve the lives of children throughout the year.

September 15, 2015

NCH Invited Written Testimony Marian Wright Edelman

July 30, 2015

Ending Child Poverty Brief July 2015

Too many U.S. children have to face challenges like hunger, homelessness, instability and toxic stress. Every fifth U.S. child lives below the poverty line — in families trying to make do on less than $8 a person a day before most government safety net supports are counted. Even after government benefits, the U.S. has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 advanced economies.

FY2016 House and Senate Budget Fact Sheet

Reducing Child Poverty in the US: Costs and Impacts of Policies Proposed by the Children’s Defense Fund

Reducing Child Poverty in the US: Costs and Impacts of Policies Proposed by the Children’s Defense Fund Linda Giannarelli, Kye Lippold, Sarah Minton, and Laura Wheaton

Ending Child Poverty Now

For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.

January 28, 2015

Ending Child Poverty Now

For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.

January 28, 2015

State Poverty Data

2013 Child Poverty in the States by Age and Race/Ethnicity

Child Poverty In America 2013: State Analysis

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: State Analysis

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.

September 29, 2014

Child Poverty In America 2013 Fact Sheet

Poverty data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 16, 2014revealthat child poverty dropped significantly for the first time since 2000, from 21.8 percent in 2012 to 19.9 percent in 2013.While child poverty decreased for Hispanic, White and Asian children, Black children saw no decrease and continue to have the highest child poverty rate. Despite some decreases child poverty among all children remains at shamefully high levels.

September 17, 2014

Summary of Ryan Poverty Plan 3

On Thursday July 24th, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan released a plan to address poverty in a report titled “Expanding Opportunity in America– A Discussion Draft from the House Budget Committee.” While the report includes a few recommendations that would likely benefit poor children, namely an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit for childless adults and criminal justice reforms, the reports proposals for safety net and education programs would likely harm poor children.

Summary of Ryan Poverty Plan 2

On Thursday July 24th, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan released a plan to address poverty in a report titled “Expanding Opportunity in America– A Discussion Draft from the House Budget Committee.” While the report includes a few recommendations that would likely benefit poor children, namely an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit for childless adults and criminal justice reforms, the reports proposals for safety net and education programs would likely harm poor children.

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