Who Are America’s Poor Children?

Examining Health Disparities Among Children in the United States

This report explores health disparities between poor and nonpoor kids in five areas: environmental health, health insurance coverage, access to health care services, healthy behaviors and health outcomes. It also spotlights real-world strategies for addressing some of these inequalities and advocates a simple end goal: Give all kids — no matter what their family finances — a positive, healthy start.       

January 1, 2011

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The 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book

State Profiles of Child Well-Being

According to data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its 2011 KIDS COUNT ® Data Book, over the past decade there has been a significant decline in economic well-being for low-income children and families. Data also reveal the impact of the job and foreclosure crisis on children. This year's message explores how children and families are faring in the wake of the recession and why it matters to help kids reach their full potential to become part of a robust economy and society. To find more information related to the KIDS COUNT Data Book, or to create your own customized maps, graphs, or charts, visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

January 1, 2011

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Low Income and Impoverished Families Pay More Disproportionately for Child Care

This four-page policy brief examines how much poor and low-income families spend on child care relative to their wealthier counterparts (The conclusion? Poor families pay more — and the discrepancy is jaw-dropping). The data-fueled document then ends with a simple charge: We must increase our investment in child-care assistance to give America’s neediest families a fighting chance.      

December 1, 2010

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Childhood Poverty Persistence

Facts and Consequences

More than one-third of American children live part of their lives in poverty, and 10% are persistently poor, according to a study by the Urban Institute, with support from the Casey Foundation. The analysis of data from 1968 to 2005 showed that black children are about 2 ½ times more likely to experience poverty than white children and seven times more likely to be persistently poor, meaning they spend half their childhood below the poverty threshold.

June 1, 2010

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Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters

A KIDS COUNT Special Report on the Importance of Reading by 3rd Grade

Millions of American children get to fourth grade without achieving a 3rd grade reading level, and that puts them on the high school dropout track. Learn why the ability to read is critical to a child’s success in school.

January 1, 2010

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