The number of children in the US whose families have incomes at or below the federal poverty line is on the rise. This brief outlines five strategies for moving families out of poverty and toward financial stability.
The importance of engaging policymakers in reducing child poverty.
How to improve job training, benefits and wages for low-income families.
How to help families gain economic stability through EITC and other programs.
How to strengthen the safety net to protect children and families.
How to help low-income families become savers.
Nearly 1 in 5 children in the US was living in poverty in 2007; 14 states have child poverty rates over 20%.
African American and American Indian children are three times as likely to live in poverty as white children.
The child poverty rate increased by nearly 15% from 2000 to 2007, with 13.1 million children living below the federal poverty line.
Of all low-income families, 64% had at least one parent who was unemployed for more than six months.