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ERIC Number: ED421242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Young Child Poverty in the States--Wide Variation and Significant Change. Early Childhood Poverty Research Brief 1.
Bennett, Neil G.; Li, Jiali
With the passage of federal welfare reform in 1996, accountability for the well-being of low-income families has shifted substantially from the federal government to the states, making it increasingly important to assess the economic well-being of children at the state level. This research brief examines the differences in poverty rates for children under age 6 among the 50 states and the changes that have taken place between 1979-1983 and 1992-1996. The brief provides baseline information on state young child poverty rates to help establish a context in which individual state child poverty trends can be better understood. Findings show considerable variation among the states' young child poverty rates; ten states have experienced significant changes in these rates since the period 1979-1983. Changes in three demographic factors--parental employment, family structure, and employment patterns, and parental education --explained a notable proportion of the changes in state young child poverty. (JPB)
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia School of Public Health, 154 Haven Avenue, New York, NY 10032; phone: 212-304-7100; fax: 212-544-4200, 212-544-4201; e-mail: (Full publication, $5; make checks payable to Columbia University).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Children in Poverty, New York, NY.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: This document summarizes Early Childhood Poverty Research Brief 1: "Young Child Poverty in the States: Wide Variation and Significant Change."