Congressional Briefing

State Strategies Invite


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

Child Poverty Presentation by Bruce Lesley

West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition Profile and Introduction

Our Children, Our Future West Virginia Infographic on Child Poverty

Voices for Utah Children Two-Generation Approach to Ending Poverty in Utah

Utah’s Fourth Annual Report on Intergenerational Poverty, Welfare Dependency, and the Use of Public Assistance