Child Poverty

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CHILD POVERTY: At 23.1 percent, the U.S. child poverty rate is so high, it is second only to Romania among 35 developed nations.

News Articles

Marion Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund
Huffington Post article, November 21, 2012

Marion Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund

UNICEF: U.S. Has Second-Highest Child Poverty Rate in Developed World

Huffington Post article on the UNICEF findings.

“What Do I Know About Poverty?”
[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]”When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” — Eleanor Roosevelt[/pullquote]

Statistics from the Nation Center on Child Poverty at Columbia University

Nearly 15 million children in the United States – 21% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level – $22,350 a year for a family of four. Research shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice that level to cover basic expenses. Using this standard, 44% of children live in low-income families.  Read More


15 Million Children In the U.S. Living Below Federal Poverty Level

Federal Poverty Level


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