Child poverty remains stubbornly high in the U.S., with 13 million children living in poverty in 2017. Children are 62 percent more likely to experience poverty than adults.
While there are some dedicated lawmakers, media outlets, and advocates fighting for children, there is no long-term national strategy, or even a national dialogue, to address child poverty in the U.S. and the negative outcomes associated with it.
We know it does not have to be this way. When countries prioritize their children, it results in lower child poverty rates and improved economic outcomes.
End Child Poverty U.S. is a national campaign led by the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group, a partnership of over 20 of the leading anti-poverty organizations.
Our goal is to end child poverty. To do that, we will establish a national target to cut child poverty in half within 10 years and eliminate it within 20 years.
This is a moment that begins a wave of change. A national target will create a mechanism for those advocating on behalf of children to hold the government accountable to making child poverty reduction a priority.
We know we can’t do it alone. It is only through collective action that we can make progress. End Child Poverty U.S. is designed as a resource hub and platform to elevate the voices of those working to end child poverty around the nation.
Child poverty costs the U.S. over $1 trillion a year, representing 5.4 percent of our GDP. Therefore everyone regardless of socioeconomic status–benefits from strategies that lift children out of poverty.