This report shows that the recession has had a significant impact on children, particularly those under age 6 and those living in rural America, where nearly 29% of kids are poor. Because the ripple effect of early poverty touches children throughout their lives, impacting health and education, this issue needs to be taken seriously by policymakers and other influencers to help break the cycle.

October 5, 2010

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The increase in young childhood poverty in 2009.

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    The increase in child poverty in 2009.

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    The difference in rates of child poverty by place size.

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    How programs like EITC and SNAP lift children out of poverty.

Key Takeaway

The Great Recession increased the number of American children living in poverty

Since 2007, more and more American children are experiencing poverty. The poverty rate for children, including young children under age 6 who are particularly vulnerable, has increased each year since the recession began. While poverty rates are up in urban, suburban and rural settings across the country, children in rural communities are particularly at risk--one-third of all young children living in the rural South are poor.

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