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Child Poverty In America By: Jonathan Foyah C106 Introduction to Computers Fall 2006 What is Poverty? Living below the poverty line. An income enough to provide a family with an adequate standard of living Child Poverty: Children that lives in families that live below the poverty line.

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Child Poverty In America

By:Jonathan Foyah

C106 Introduction to Computers

Fall 2006


What is Poverty?

  • Living below the poverty line.

    • An income enough to provide a family with an adequate standard of living

  • Child Poverty: Children that lives in families that live below the poverty line.


Number of Children in Poverty

  • Children make up 28.9 million of US population (9.9%)

  • 13 million children are in poverty

  • One in five children (and one in five preschoolers) are poor


Regional child Poverty Rates


Consequences of child poverty

  • Consequences of poverty for some children may be deadly.

  • 10,000 children die of poverty in the United States each year

  • Poverty reduces a person’s prospects of long life by increasing the chances of:

    • Infant death

    • Chronic disease

    • Traumatic death

  • Growth retardation affects 16% of poor children younger than 6 yrs

  • Poor children experience more sickness from infection than total population.


Effects on School Children

  • Poor children are less likely to perform well in school

    • They have below-average basic academic skills, more likely to fall behind in school

    • More likely to repeat grades

    • Drop out of school

  • Poor girls in school are 5x more likely to have children in their teenage years.

  • Poor children concentrate less in class and have higher rate of school absenteeism.


Child poverty Among Races

  • • Poverty rate for African Americans: 26.1 percent • Poverty rate for Asians and Pacific Islanders: 12.5 percent • Poverty rate for Hispanics of any race: 25.6 percent • Poverty rate for non-Hispanic whites: 8.2 percent.

  • Hispanics and African Americans have an higher percent of children in Poverty than other races.


USA Compare to It’s Allies

  • The USAhas the highest infant mortality rate compare to developed countries (19th in the world)

  • America is 28th in avoiding low-birthweight babies

  • US students fare poorly on test compared with students in other countries


Child Poverty in Rural and Urban Areas

  • One in five children in rural areas live in poverty

  • There are more poor children in rural areas than urban areas

  • 21% in rural areas compared to 16% in urban areas.


Remedies to Eradicate Child poverty

  • The Government should Create Policies that increase the Minimum Wage

    • An increase minimum wage will bring more money into homes

    • Reduce unemployment

  • Child Support Insurance

    • The government should ensure that children living with one parent should get support from absent parent.

  • Parents should balance work and family

  • The government should ensure education and training opportunities for needed job skills


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