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Springfield KIDS COUNT 2010 SYMPOSIUM. Nov. 15, 2010. Introduction. The most visible signs of recession don’t reveal full impact on children Children are hidden casualties of the economic crisis Recessions have lasting effects on child poverty. Unemployment Rates. 2008 2010

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introduction
Introduction
  • The most visible signs of recession don’t reveal full impact on children
  • Children are hidden casualties of the economic crisis
  • Recessions have lasting effects on child poverty
unemployment rates
Unemployment Rates

2008 2010

(12 mo.) (9 mo.)

Illinois 6.5% 10.8%

Sangamon County 5.8% 8.6%

Springfield 5.9% 8.7%

effects of unemployment
Effects of Unemployment

Children with unemployed parent:

  • 2007: 3.5 million nationwide
  • 2009: 7.2 million nationwide

When parents lose a job, children are more likely to:

  • Struggle in school
  • Repeat a grade
  • Have behavior problems
long term effects of child poverty
Long-Term Effects of Child Poverty

Children growing up in poverty are likely to have:

  • Lower levels of educational attainment
  • Diminished employment prospects
  • Greater health problems
child poverty in illinois 2009
Child Poverty in Illinois, 2009
  • Children in poverty: 590,000 (530,000 in 2008)
  • Child poverty rates:
    • Illinois: 19% (2009); up from 17% in 2008
    • Sangamon County: 18% (2008-09)
    • Springfield: 23% (2008-09)
child poverty rates in illinois by age 2009
Child Poverty Rates in Illinoisby Age, 2009

Under age 6 21%

Ages 6-11 19%

Ages 12-17 16%

lasting effects of recession
Lasting Effects of Recession

Poverty expected to continue rising even after economy begins to recover

  • Child poverty in U.S. projected to reach 24% in 2012
  • Expected rate in Illinois: 22%

(more than 650,000 children)

supplemental nutrition assistance program formerly food stamps
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)
  • About half of SNAP recipients in Illinois are children
  • Total SNAP recipients in Illinois:
    • June 2008: 1.31 million
    • June 2010: 1.65 million (27% increase)
  • Food Stamps and federal EITC are the most effective programs in lifting children above poverty level
homeless school age children
Homeless School-Age Children
  • Homeless students in Illinois public schools
    • 2006-07: 19,800
    • 2008-09: 26,700
  • Evidence that homelessness has become even worse since then
key investments for illinois children
Key Investments for Illinois Children
  • Early childhood care and education
  • Health care coverage
  • Child care assistance for working families
  • Mental health services
  • Child welfare and prevention strategies

Recession and state fiscal crisis put these investments in jeopardy

securing the future for children and families
Securing the Future for Children and Families

Policy challenges:

  • Protect families in need
  • Build on successful policies
  • Strengthen foundation for prosperous future
illinois kids count 2010 report
Illinois Kids Count 2010 Report

View at

www.voices4kids.org/library/kidscount.html

for more information
For more information

Kathy Ryg

President

Voices for Illinois Children

www.voices4kids.org

312-516-5550

kryg@voices4kids.org