Our big ideas are building a brighter future for america's children, youth and families

What Children and Young People Need to Thrive

Our work focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring access to opportunity, because children and young people need all three to succeed. We advance research and solutions to overcome the barriers to success, help communities demonstrate what works and influence decision makers to invest in strategies based on solid evidence.

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AECF trend downwards

Based on recent data, 17% of all children in the United States — nearly 12 million kids total — are living in poverty.

State Data on Child Poverty KIDS COUNT Data Center