ERIC Number: ED438960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Children in Poverty: A Citizen's Guide. A Special Report by Arkansas Kids Count.
Noting that child poverty has been a persistent problem for Arkansas children despite improvements in the economy, this Kids Count special report focuses on child poverty in Arkansas. The report examines how child poverty is measured and notes the limitation of existing poverty data; it also discusses the causes and consequences of poverty and highlights the family risk index to illustrate how poverty interacts with other characteristics to produce risk. The report further summarizes findings of national studies on the consequences of child poverty, including education and health outcomes, neighborhood safety, and crime. Factors contributing to child poverty are examined, including strength of the state and local economies and parents' low education and inadequate job skills. The report notes that each year that an Arkansas child lives in poverty costs that child $8,988 in lost lifetime earnings. Characteristics of poor families are described, including adults' employment status, family structure, race, educational level, parent age, geographic location, and type of employment. County differences in child poverty rates are also identified. The report then examines the impact of safety net programs such as social insurance, cash assistance, and food stamps on child poverty, and discusses the impact of welfare reform. The report concludes with a consideration of new trends in public policy. Child poverty data by county for 1989, 1993, and 1995 are appended. (KB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Child Welfare, Children, Counties, Demography, Employed Parents, Low Income Groups, Measurement Techniques, Poverty, Public Policy, Social Indicators, Tables (Data), Welfare Reform, Welfare Services, Well Being
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, 103 East 7th Street, Suite 931, Little Rock, AR 72201. Tel: 501-371-9678; Web site: http://www.aradvocates.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Little Rock.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas