Given the high stakes for children living in economically insecure families, it is important to document:
How many children are living in such circumstances,
How economic insecurity has changed over the course of the Great Recession, and
Which children were most affected.
It is also critical to consider whether children are receiving public program benefits, how this support has changed over the course of the Great Recession, and whether these programs appear to be meeting the needs of families with children.
This paper analyzes these issues by exploring how children’s circumstances changed between 2007 and 2010.