Ending Child Poverty Now

For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.

The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries despite having the largest economy in the world. A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor and the younger she is the poorer she is likely to be. A child of color, who will be in the majority of U.S. children in 2020, is more than twice as likely to be poor as a White child. This is unacceptable and unnecessary. Growing up poor has lifelong negative consequences, decreasing the likelihood of graduating from high school and increasing the likelihood of becoming a poor adult, suffering from poor health, and becoming involved in the criminal justice system. These impacts cost the nation at least half a trillion dollars a year in lost productivity and increased health and crime costs. Letting a fifth of our children grow up poor prevents them from having equal opportunities to succeed in life and robs the nation of their future contributions.

2016 Beat the Odds® Celebration

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Join us July 18-22 for the 2016 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry
"Praying with Our Feet: Pursuing Justice for Children from the Sanctuary to the Street"

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry provides spiritual renewal, continuing education, inter-generational movement-building workshops, and networking as Christians from across the denominational spectrum explore how their faith calls them into ministries of child advocacy and guides, shapes, and sustains them in their work with and for children. Learn more about the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.

Register for the 2016 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry: "Praying with Our Feet: Pursuing Justice for Children from the Sanctuary to the Street" today!

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Child poverty is not an abstract problem, it's real for too many children in America. They face challenges no children in the richest nation on earth should have to face. Listen and share their stories.

Together we will #EndChildPoverty. Here's how.

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