Child Poverty Target Statement Sign-On
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau tells us that while the U.S. child poverty rate saw a slight decrease in 2018, nearly 12 million children are still living in poverty, and children still have a 54.4 percent higher chance of living in poverty than adults. Child poverty is solvable when there is the political will to address it. Domestic and international anti-poverty initiatives demonstrate that we can successfully reduce child poverty. For example, the United Kingdom cut child poverty in half between 2000 and 2010 through a national commitment and coordinated strategy. The federal government should learn from effective policies and practices practiced abroad and in our nation to establish a bold target to cut child poverty in half within a decade and eliminate it within 20 years. Setting a target would provide advocates, the media and other stakeholders with a tool to hold our lawmakers accountable for reducing child poverty. An effective national strategy to meet this target must include marginalized populations and communities in its design and implementation.
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