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This groundbreaking report details how the nation can significantly reduce child poverty immediately. If the federal government invested an additional 2% of the budget to expand existing federal programs and policies that would increase employment opportunities while providing a fair and livable wage for parents, as well as ensuring that children’s basic needs are met; 60% of poor children across the country would be lifted out of poverty and 97% of all poor children would benefit.
A companion report by the Children’s Defense Fund-California presents specific state policy recommendations for how California can reduce child poverty, including raising the state minimum wage to $15 per hour, enacting a state Earned Income Tax Credit, and expanding child care for low-income children.
A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor and the younger she is the poorer she is likely to be. A California child has a 1 in 4 chance of being poor. This is unacceptable and unnecessary. Growing up poor has lifelong negative consequences, decreasing the likelihood of graduating from high school and increasing the likelihood of becoming a poor adult, suffering from poor health, and becoming involved in the criminal justice system. These impacts cost the nation at least half a trillion dollars a year in lost productivity and increased health and crime costs. Letting our children grow up poor prevents them from having equal opportunities to succeed in life and robs the nation of their future contributions.
The U.S. can end child poverty by investing more in programs and policies that work.
1 in 4 children in California are poor
January 28, 2015, Alex M. Johnson
How to Cut California Child Poverty by 58 Percent Right Now
January 28, 2015, Children's Defense Fund - California
Alex Johnson: Early childhood education is California's answer to equal opportunity
January 15, 2015, San Jose Mercury News
Governor’s Budget Proposal Fails to Adequately Address the 1 in 4 California Children in Poverty
January 9, 2015, CDF-CA Press Release
Children's Health Coalition Commends Dr. Ross On His Covered California Board Leadership
December 22, 2014, Joint Press Release
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