On Thursday, November 1, 2012, The CAYL Institute staff attended (Re)discovering Harrington’s Other America: A Symposium on Poverty Since the Great Society at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
One of the topics addressed during the day was “Children in Poverty.” The speaker for this topic was Dolores Acevedo-Garcia of the Kellogg Foundation and The Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and Director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy.
Professor Acevedo-Garcia discussed with the group her findings on children in poverty. Some of the findings included:
- There are 15 million more poor children since the 1990’s
- 50 million Americans are poor in 2012
- One-third of black children in the United States are poor
- The United States has the highest poverty rate in the industrialized world
- Child poverty is increasing
- Black and Latino/a children are more likely to experience neighborhood and school poverty
- Black and Latino/a children consistently experience much higher poverty rates and are much more likely to experience simultaneous family and neighborhood poverty
The findings were stark and severe, and we left the symposium with a sense of urgency. We are reminded that we need to take action to ensure that all children grow up with the same opportunities. It is important to that we are the catalysts for change, and we cannot forget that there are children in America who are suffering.
Additional Readings and Resources:
Toward a policy-relevant analysis of geographic and racial/ethnic disparities in child health
The differential effect of foreign-born status on low birth weight by race/ethnicity and education
The National Center for Children in Poverty