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|October 12, 2016|
The crisis of child poverty devastates communities across the state. Nearly one in four California children were living in poverty between 2013 and 2015, according to a California Budget & Policy Center analysis for the Supplemental Poverty Measure. Child poverty has negative consequences that last a lifetime: poor children are less healthy, less likely to enter school ready to learn, and less likely to graduate from high school than their peers. As a result, these children are more likely to be poor as adults and more likely to become involved in the criminal justice system. The urgent challenge of child poverty leaves community members, policymakers and child advocates asking: what can be done at the local level to lift children out of poverty?
Ending Child Poverty Now: Local Approaches to California outlines six strategic priorities that cities and counties should consider when addressing child poverty: