CDF Report: Ending Child Poverty Now

The Children’s Defense Fund’s groundbreaking report, Ending Child Poverty Now, details how the U.S. could substantially reduce child poverty immediately. If policymakers invested an additional 2 percent of the federal budget to expand existing federal programs and policies to increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, 60 percent of poor children across the country — and 58 percent of California’s children — would be lifted out of poverty.

A companion report by the Children’s Defense Fund - California presents key state policy recommendations for how California can reduce the state’s high child poverty rate.

This investment would eventually pay for itself since protecting children against the lifelong consequences of poverty would improve their lifetime earnings and outcomes and reduce poverty in future generations

Our latest report, Ending Child Poverty Now: Local Approaches for California, outlines six strategic priorities that cities and counties should consider when addressing child poverty:

  1. Enable Parents and Caregivers to Find Work that Pays a Living Wage 
  2. Develop a Robust Safety Net to Help Families When they Fall on Hard Times 
  3. Implement Financial Capability and Asset-Building Programs to Promote Youth and Family Economic Success 
  4. Create Dedicated Funding Mechanisms to Support Local Anti-Poverty Strategies 
  5. Identify Specific Local Needs and Develop Strong Partnerships to Coordinate and Target Resources 
  6. Invest in Education, Health, and Youth Development to Break the Cycle of Poverty