There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.
Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Nelson Mandela
United States Budget Priorities Adversely Affect Children
A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund on the well-being of children in 35 developed nations, found than one in five American children fall below a relative poverty line, which UNICEF defines as living in a household that earns less than half of the national median. The United States ranks 34th of the 35 countries surveyed, above only Romania and below virtually all of Europe plus Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan
For each dollar of federal income tax we paid in 2012, the U.S. government spent about:
Quick Facts from the National Center for Children in Poverty:
After nearly a decade of decline, the number of children living in low-income families has increased significantly
22% of children in the U.S. live in families that are considered officially poor. Families need an income of about twice the federal poverty level to cover basic expenses. Using this standard, 45% of U.S. children live in low income families.
Child poverty rates are highest among black, Latino, and American Indian children.
Across the states, official child poverty rates range from 11% in New Hampshire to 32% in Mississippi.
Poverty impedes children’s ability to learn and contributes to social, emotional, behavioral and health problems.
- the budget protects low-income Americans and avoids increasing poverty and hardship.
- The National Center for Children in Poverty estimates that we have lost all of the gains we made over the past 50 years in child well-being. We've lost opportunity. We are facing a crisis that demands an urgent response in these politically charged and polarized times.
- Head Start is fully funded.
- Head Start represents one of the most effective programs we have to eliminate poverty. It costs approximately $7,500 per child per year. In 2012, just over 850,000 low-income young children attended Head Start -- about 50 percent of eligible children. Approximate 70,000 of those slots will be lost next year because of cuts caused by the US budget sequester.
- Eliminating early education investments now would increase a child’s chances of going to prison later by up to 39 percent. And paying for that prison will cost us nearly three times more a year than it would have cost to provide the child with a quality early learning experience.
National Center for Children in Poverty http://www.nccp.org/topics/childpoverty.html UN Children’s Fund http://www.unchildren.org/
World Vision http://www.worldvision.org/our-impact/us-work, Friends Committee on National Legislation http://fcnl.org/
Children’s Defense Fund www.childrensdefense.org/ Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-levin/