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More than forty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty and committed the American people to a campaign against economic deprivation. Subsequently, poverty rates fell. However, today 37 million people, including 13 million children, are living in poverty.
Testimony of Marian Wright Edelman during a Hearing before the Committee on the Budget U.S. House of Representatives, "A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Lessons from the Frontlines”
“Held Captive”: Child Poverty in America, a new report commissioned and published by the Children’s Defense Fund, found that the plight for poor children in Mississippi is so dire, enriching experiences so meager and government aid so inadequate and spotty that after school tutoring and reading programs in Quitman County and two other Delta counties are funded by foreign aid, a grant from the Bernard van Leer Foundation of the Netherlands.
Thirteen million children in America live in poverty. Poverty casts long shadows throughout their lives in many different areas – among them health, nutrition, early development and education.
2008 Federal Poverty Guidelines for Hawaii (Excel format)
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.
This fact sheet highlights the new poverty data released by the U.S. Census Bureau for 2012. The number of children in poverty is 16.1 million, essentially unchanged from 2011. Children remain the poorest age group with over one in five children living in poverty in America.
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.
Children Under Six Living in Extreme Poverty, 2009 and 2010
Marian Wright Edelman's Testimony for Subcommittee on Children and Families of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Marian Wright Edelman urges members of the Subcommittee on Children and Families to recognize that children have only one childhood and it is right now.
Extreme Poverty Among Children: 2007 Almost 1 in 13 children in the United States- 5.8 million- lives in extreme poverty.
Fact sheet on trends in child poverty and extreme child poverty and broken down by race.
Poverty data released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that child poverty remained at record high levels in 2011. More than one in five children in America – 16.1 million – were poor in 2011. After nearly a million children fell into poverty in 2010, there was a slight decline of 152,000 poor children between 2010 and 2011, and neither the poverty rate nor the number of poor children was statistically different from 2010.
More than thirteen million children in America live in poverty. Poverty casts long shadows throughout their lives in many different areas – among them health, nutrition, early development and education.
Poverty data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau for 2010 showed that over one in five children in America lived in poverty. The number of children in poverty increased by 950,000 between 2009 and 2010, rising from 15.5 million to 16.4 million.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Census Bureau released its findings on the annual incomes, earnings, and poverty status of the nation’s population in 2010. On the poverty front, the news was not good. For the third straight year in a row, the number of people of all ages living in poverty rose, reaching 46.2 million individuals in 2010, a record high number, equivalent to 15.1 percent of the national population.
Child Poverty, Children Under Six, 2009 and 2010
2008 Federal Poverty Guidelines - 48 States & DC
Number of Black Children in Extreme Poverty Hits Record High Supporters of tougher welfare-to-work requirements often note that annual Black child poverty figures reached their lowest point on record in 2001. They cite this to suggest that the last round of welfare-to-work requirements, enacted in 1996, resulted in no serious loss of income to affected children.
Child Poverty by Race/Ethnicity, 2010