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More Than 20 Percent Of U.S. Children Live In Poverty, Big Increase Since 2001

By Pat Garofalo  

"More Than 20 Percent Of U.S. Children Live In Poverty, Big Increase Since 2001"

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According to a new report by the Foundation for Child Development, child poverty in the U.S. has jumped from 15.6 percent to 21.4 percent over the last decade. The increase, as Reuters noted, “was driven mainly by declines in median family income, especially for families headed by a man, and a decline in the percentage of children living in families with parents who have secure jobs.” The report also found that the last decade has seen pre-K enrollments and educational attainment stall.

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