“We’ve made progress in some areas and we’ve gotten worse in others but, when you look at the long-term trends, we’re simply not seeing enough change”, Garcia said.
A new report paints a grim picture of child poverty in America.
The Casey report also notes that 3.1 million California children (34 percent) have parents who lack secure employment, also up from 30 percent in 2008, and 547,000 age-eligible children who are not attending preschool.
Data for 2014 are not yet available, but the report anticipates that the child poverty rate remains at an “unacceptably high level”. The CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy says while the unemployment rate in the state is the lowest in a decade, the jobs many of these parents have are low-wage. But state officials and child advocates conceded that in several areas, like childhood poverty and the achievement gap, Minnesota has plenty of room to improve.
“The stark reality is too many African American and Latino children live on the edge of poverty”.
Children in high-poverty neighborhoods increased from 340,000 in 2006-2010 to nearly 400,000 in 2009-2013. Fewer lived with parents who had full-time, year-round employment, and more lived in single-parent homes.
The solution is to guide more people into programs that are already in place but might be hard to access, said Sharyn Church, director for Children Now’s Los Angeles office.
“It’s great to see that Ohio is slowly moving up in the ranks, but we seem to be stuck hovering around the middle”, said Wallace-Pascoe. Davis and her family recently found a landlord willing to rent to them, and they hope to move in next month.
New Mexico Voices for Children put together a book to identify the problems and suggest solutions.
Fewer children are attending preschool than four years ago. Tonia Hunt, the group’s executive director, said of Oregon’s ranking, “It’s disappointing but not surprising”.
“It’s going to take a two-generation strategy”, Huddleston said.
The Casey Foundation offers a number of recommendations to make good on the American promise of opportunity for all children.
Davis said her oldest daughter can’t understand all of the circumstances that led to living at the shelter.
According to the Star Tribune, Minnesota’s high slot in the education and family categories aren’t new. It did not fare as well on others, such as the percentage of babies born at a low birth weight (8.5 percent in Ohio versus 8 percent nationwide). “We really need every child to be able to achieve their full potential in our country”.
“Right now, they aren’t improving outcomes for children of color”, Hogenson said. High School graduation rates increased from 64 percent to 68 percent in the five year window.