Children at risk of lost decade

Times writer highlights increase in
Homeless Public School Children

The State of America’s Children 2011

Charles Blow’s August 6, 2011 opinion piece, “The Decade of Lost Children” in The New York Times highlights some stunning statistics about children’s poverty in the United States. The report was based on “The State of America’s Children 2011,” a report issued last month by the Children’s Defense Fund. The report documents the impact of the recession on children’s well-being as having been catastrophic including:

  • The number of children living in poverty has increased by four million since 2000, and the number of children who fell into poverty between 2008 and 2009 was the largest single-year increase ever recorded.
  • The number of homeless children in public schools increased 41 percent between the 2006-7 and 2008-9 school years.
  • In 2009, an average of 15.6 million children received food stamps monthly, a 65 percent increase over 10 years.
  • A majority of children in all racial groups and 79 percent or more of black and Hispanic children in public schools cannot read or do math at grade level in the fourth, eighth or 12th grades.
  • The annual cost of center-based child care for a 4-year-old is more than the annual in-state tuition at a public four-year college in 33 states and the District of Columbia.

His piece contains a very compelling graphic which can be viewed here.

Please click here to view the entire opinion piece.

And click here to read the full report from.

For New Jersey Specific Data click here.