Educational Equity, Politics & Policy in Texas: The Youngest Americans: A Statistical Portrait of ...: Executive Summary America’s youngest children—12 million infants and toddlers—are the leading edge of a demographic transformation ...
Many in this generation are starting out with severe economic hardship.
• Nearly half (48 percent) of America’s infants and toddlers live in low-income families (incomes less than twice the poverty line); one-quarter
(25 percent) live in families below the official poverty line.
• One in eight (13 percent) is in deep poverty (that is, their family’s income is half or less than the poverty level).
• Economic disadvantage is concentrated in the families of black and Latino infants and toddlers; fully two-thirds (66 percent) of these young
children are in low-income families.
• Nearly one in four (24 percent) black and Latino infants and toddlers live in households that are “food-insecure” (a measure of inability to
obtain sufficient healthy food).
So glad Angela brought this report to our attention. An unfortunate reminder of unmet obligations to our children.
After you read Angela's post, I encourage you to check out this beautiful book, "I Have the Right to be a Child," which is a great way to reflect on what all children are entitled to....Read it with the child or children in your life! Share it with teachers! The illustrations are second only to the powerful message:
"I am a child with eyes, hands, a voice, a heart, and rights."