140,000 of Minnesota's Kids are Living in Poverty

October 2, 2009

Star Tribune, Oct. 2, 2009:

As economic problems deepen, many Minnesota children faced the "toxic stress" of poverty last year, the 2009 Kids Count report says.

Rising child poverty means that more Minnesota children are suffering physical and emotional "toxic stress" that, for some, will result in irreversible delays in brain development, according to a new report that tracks 14 indicators of child well-being over the last decade.

Even in the best years, more than 100,000 Minnesota children live poverty. But the past few years have not been good for children, according to the 2009 Kids Count report by the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota.