Tuesday, 25 June 2013 21:52

Childhood Poverty Rates Rise in America

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According to a recent report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, despite American families making strides in health and education, more children are experiencing poverty in the United States. 

On Monday, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released findings from their KIDS COUNT Data Book for 2013. The 2013 Data Book incorporates several findings on the current state of families and children in the United States including education, health, and poverty among others. 

The study found that in many areas there were significant improvements made between the years of 2005 and 2011. In education, the number of high school students not graduating within four years declined by 20%, and improvements in the areas of math and reading were quite significant. Additionally, the rate of teen birth saw historically low numbers, while the number of children with health insurance increased across dozens of states. Child and teen death rates also declined during this period. 

While these were amazing improvements as the nation saw economic recovery, the childhood poverty rates were very startling. Across the United States, the number of children living in a family that was classified as impoverished increased from 15.7 million to 16.4 million. This means that in the United States almost 1 in 4 children are living in poverty, with one-third of children living in a family where neither of their parents had full-time, year-round employment. The report also found that almost half of children (roughly 45%) live in a family that is low-income, or roughly double the income of poor families, but research has indicated that for families to adequately meet basic needs, they need an income of three times the federal poverty level. 

This is why the work being performed by organizations supported by No More Poverty are more important than ever. In order to properly combat rising poverty rates we need charities such as Project Night Night, Union Rescue Mission, Children Today, and many others to make an impact in the lives of children suffering from poverty in the United States. 

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