Fact Sheet Child Poverty and Its Lasting Consequence: Summary
Caroline Ratcliffe, Signe-Mary McKernan
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Nearly half of children born to poor parents remained poor half their childhoods. Black children are especially disadvantaged: two-thirds of poor black newborns are persistently poor. Children who are poor early in life (age 0-2) are 30 percent less likely to complete high school than those first poor later in childhood, even after controlling for poverty duration and other factors. Reaching vulnerable children at birth is vital, as a childs early environment can affect brain development. This factsheet summarizes the report Child Poverty and Its Lasting Consequence".
Research Areas Social safety net Race and equity Children and youth
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Racial and ethnic disparities Economic well-being Opportunity and ownership Families with low incomes Racial barriers to accessing the safety net