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ERIC Number: ED547127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep-18
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
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Child Poverty in the U.S.: What New Census Data Tell Us about Our Youngest Children
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
This fact sheet examines children and poverty in the U.S. based on 2012 census data. Highlighted findings include: (1) one in five U.S. children is poor; (2) young children are more likely to be poor; (3) four out of every 10 children live in low-income households; and (4) many children in poverty have working parents. The fact sheet concludes with the following three public policy solutions that can address child poverty: (1) improve income and work supports such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Unemployment Insurance, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), so working parents are not poor; (2) increase access to quality jobs, including raising the minimum wage, allowing workers to earn paid sick days, providing paid family and medical leave, and giving workers advance notice of scheduling; and (3) increase access to affordable, quality child care and early education to support both healthy development for children and their parents' ability to work.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)