Congressional Briefing: State Strategies to Reduce Child Poverty
Poverty & Family Economics Racial Equity
Expired event. For reference only.
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Senate Dirksen Room GD-11
One of the biggest challenges facing our nation today is the persistently high number of children living in poverty. Nearly 1 in 5 children are living in families with incomes below the poverty line. Children disproportionately experience poverty in the U.S., while only comprising 23 percent of the total population in the U.S., they make up 32 percent of the population living in poverty.
Poverty is a particularly serious problem for children, who suffer negative effects for the rest of their lives after living in poverty for even a short time. Yet children continue to be cast aside and there is no national strategy or dialogue to address child poverty.
In states such as West Virginia and Utah, there are unique and innovative strategies taking place to reduce child poverty that are taking various forms. Please join us learn more about child poverty in the U.S. and the activity occurring in states that can inform national policy.
Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus
Stephen Smith, Director, West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
Lincoln Nehring, President and CEO, Voices for Utah Children
Briefing Materials Available for Download