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.

The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries despite having the largest economy in the world. A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor and the younger she is the poorer she is likely to be. A child of color, who will be in the majority of U.S. children in 2020, is more than twice as likely to be poor as a White child. This is unacceptable and unnecessary. Growing up poor has lifelong negative consequences, decreasing the likelihood of graduating from high school and increasing the likelihood of becoming a poor adult, suffering from poor health, and becoming involved in the criminal justice system. These impacts cost the nation at least half a trillion dollars a year in lost productivity and increased health and crime costs. Letting a fifth of our children grow up poor prevents them from having equal opportunities to succeed in life and robs the nation of their future contributions.

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The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a nonprofit child advocacy organization that has worked for more than 40 years nationally -- and since 1999 in Texas -- to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF-Texas provides a strong, effective, and independent voice for all the children of Texas who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.

CDF and AASA, The School Superintendents Association have released an exciting new #InsureAllChildren Toolkit with proven strategies, tips and practical tools school districts can use to help children everywhere come to school happy, healthy and ready to learn. insureallchildren.org