The Unequal Distribution of Child Poverty

Highest Rates Among Young Blacks and Children of Single Mothers in Rural America

By the Carsey Institute

September 2, 2010


This report examines poverty rates throughout the United States based on race and family structure for children of all ages as well as by place and region for children under age 6.

Key Takeaway

Social programs can help level the playing field for young children in poverty

If we want all children in America to thrive, we must boost access to social programs like Women, Infants and Children (or WIC), Medicaid, home visits and Early Head Start. These programs work to counteract some of poverty's negative effects and provide positive results.

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