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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

Child Poverty In America

By:Jonathan Foyah

C106 Introduction to Computers

Fall 2006

what is poverty
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
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
consequences of child poverty
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
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
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
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
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
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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