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August 8, 2011
More than 15 million children in America are poor living in working families. Children in poverty costs our nation half a trillion dollars each year in lost productivity, poorer health and increased crime. We must end child poverty.
More than 15 million children in America are poor, but they live in working families. A disproportionate number are Black and Latino. Poor children lag behind their peers in many ways beyond income: They are less healthy, trail in emotional and intellectual development, and are less likely to graduate from high school. Poor children also are likely to become the poor parents of the future. Every year that we keep children in poverty costs our nation half a trillion dollars in lost productivity, poorer health and increased crime.
Our vision is to end child poverty. We must invest in high quality education for every child, livable wages for families, income safety nets like job training and job creation, the Earned Income and Child Tax Credits, and work supports like child care and health coverage. We also work with partners to educate families about benefits for which they are eligible.
Learn more in CDF's new report, The State of America's Children® 2011
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