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Child Advocates Say Presidential Campaigns Ignoring Children in Ohio, Nation

Children on the Ballot
Poverty & Family Economics

Public News Service

7/25/106

CLEVELAND – As the presidential campaigns ramp up, some experts say one of the country’s biggest black eyes is being ignored.

Child poverty has gotten worse in many states, including Ohio, since the end of the Great Recession.

An estimated one-in-five children in the U.S. lives in a family below the poverty threshold, meaning they struggle to meet some basic needs such as food, safe housing and affordable child care.

Bruce Lesley, president of the bipartisan children’s advocacy organization First Focus, contends child poverty is a critical matter that candidates should prioritize.

“If they would engage in the conversation, I think they would find a very ….”

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