The Consequences of Poverty for Children and the Nation

Blog Post

Extended exposure to economic hardship can harm children’s development and have long-term negative consequences for individuals and families, but it also puts tremendous financial strain on all levels of government and weakens our nation’s competitiveness in the global economy. Providing all children with the opportunity to reach their full potential would strengthen the next generation and our country’s economic future.

March 11, 2014

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Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States

A KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot


The rate of kids being incarcerated is declining in the United States as public safety is increasing. This data brief presents the trend in how we are treating juvenile offenders in hopes the trend continues. 

February 5, 2013

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Child Poverty Remains Steady in 2012 After Four-Year Rise

For the first time since the start of the Great Recession, the U.S. child poverty rate did not increase, holding steady at 23% (16.4 million children). Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia saw their child poverty rate stay the same or decrease between 2011 and 2012 — a positive trend, although most states' rates are still considerably above pre-recession levels.

September 2, 2013

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McCarthy Speaks at Community and Diversity in American Life Colloquium

President and CEO Patrick T. McCarthy spoke at the Community and Diversity in American Life forumat the University of Maryland, College Park. He focused on the 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book and work done by the Foundation in areas of strengthening families, communities and opportunity for all.

November 30, 2011

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Youth Incarceration Sees Dramatic Drop in the United States

News Release

The KIDS COUNT data snapshot, "Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States," shows the juvenile confinement rate to be at a 35-year low, signaling the opportunity for alternative, more effective responses to court-involved youth.

February 27, 2013

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More Children Living in Single-Parent Families

In 2012, 35% of children (24.7 million) lived in single-parent families. While there was little change in this indicator from the previous year, the percentage of children living in these households has increased by 13% (4 million children) since 2000.

October 7, 2013

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