Marian Wright Edelman on Child Poverty

Child Watch® Columns

Child Watch® Column (9/19/14): "The High Moral and Economic Cost of Child Poverty in America"

Just released U.S. Census Bureau data reveals 45.3 million people were poor in America in 2013. One in three of those who are poor is a child. Children remain our poorest age group and children of color and those under five are the poorest. More than one in five infants, toddlers, and preschoolers were poor during their years of greatest brain development and vulnerability.

Child Watch® Column (9/12/14): “Helping Children in Hidden Rural Poverty"

When many people hear child poverty in America the first stereotype is an inner city child and discussions about solutions to poverty often focus on concentrated poverty in urban areas. But in a nation where over 16 million children, more than one in five, are poor, the plain truth is that child

Child Watch® Column (10/24/14): "The Real Monsters"

Sadly, too many children do not have normal or safe or protected lives and their monsters are real. They do not have closets in many homeless shelters or on the streets or church steps where they sometimes live with homeless parents. They are not safe in drug and violence infested neighborhoods and suffer chronic hunger especially on weekends and during long summer months when school is out.


Marian Wright Edelman's Letter to the President
January 30, 2018, Children's Defense Fund

2017 State of America's Children Release
January 9, 2018, Children's Defense Fund

Child Poverty in the States Still Record High Levels
September 18, 2014, Children's Defense Fund

Child Poverty Remains at Record High Levels
September 17, 2013, Children's Defense Fund

CDF Statement on New Data Showing Decrease of 441,000 Uninsured Children
September 17, 2013, Children's Defense Fund


Marian Wright Edelman House Budget Committee Hearing Testimony

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, testified before the House Budget Committee on the impact of the War on Poverty on children and how our nation can finish the job started by President Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago. View and read her oral statement, read her full written testimony, and watch the entire hearing here.