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Almost half of young children in the United States live in poverty or near poverty.

Child Poverty and Economic Distress:

  • Nearly half of young children in the United States live in poverty or near poverty. This alarming statistic underscores the importance of targeted support.

  • Across various states, children are particularly vulnerable due to economic hardships.

Demographics and Racial Disparities:

  • Children of color constitute a significant portion of the population. Black, LatinX, and American Indian / Alaskan Native children are disproportionately affected by poverty.

  • These disparities are influenced by complex factors within cultural and physical environments.

Immigrant Families:

  • In 2018, 47.1% of California children lived with foreign-born (immigrant) parents. Similar challenges exist in other states.

  • Immigrant families often face unique obstacles related to language, cultural adaptation, and economic stability.

Homelessness and Families with Children:

  • 33% of people experiencing homelessness live in families with children. This issue extends beyond California to other states like Florida, Massachusetts, and New York.

Vision Outcomes and Well-Being:

  • Poverty and related social determinants of health negatively impact vision outcomes during childhood and throughout life.

  • These challenges affect physical health, socio-emotional development, educational achievement, and employment rates.

Prioritizing Impoverished Areas Nationally:

  • Let’s focus on regions across the country that urgently need support.

  • By addressing poverty, education, and workforce development, we can create positive change for America’s most vulnerable youth.

Together, we can work towards a brighter future for all children, regardless of their zip code.


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