This report explores the scope and sources of child poverty in Massachusetts. It closes by sharing potential first steps and questions to ask related to reducing child poverty statewide.

September 16, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Statistics related to child poverty in Massachusetts.

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    How poverty challenges kids and their families.

  3. 3

    Potential actions and questions aimed at reducing child poverty statewide.

  4. 4

    The aims of poverty reduction initiatives in eight other states.

Key Takeaway

When it comes to its 1.4 million children, Massachusetts is a tale of two states

On one hand, Massachusetts can be proud of its high family incomes, top-rated hospitals, renowned colleges and universities and its overall high ranking on indicators of child well-being. On the other hand, the state’s poverty rate has hovered around 13% for a decade and counting, and it is home to one of the nation’s largest divides between high-income and low-income residents. 

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