A recent study by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) shows that more children are living in poverty and our youngest children (under age 3) are particularly vulnerable. While children represent 24 percent of the general population, they comprise 34 percent of all people in poverty. This is a staggering number.
When we see statistics such as these, we often ask why. Why are so many children suffering? NCCP offers some insight that particularly resonates with Generation Hope's mission:
Being a child in a low-income or poor family does not happen by chance. There are a range of factors associated with children’s experiences of economic insecurity, including race/ethnicity and parents’ educational attainment and employment.
When we dig further, we see that indeed 73 percent of infants and toddlers with parents who have a high school degree but no college – 1.7 million – live in low-income families. This reinforces our belief that helping teen parents earn their college degree will increase the likelihood that their family will achieve economic stability.
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