Fifteen million children in the U.S. are part of families that earn incomes below the federal poverty line in 2015.
That same year, 21.4 million children lived in a household with a parent who did not have secure employment.
The Kids Count study, produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, quantifies the reality that many children live with every day. Poverty and lack of stability causes them to underperform in school — 65 percent of fourth-graders read below standard —and specifically impacts communities of color.
The full report and interactive graphics can be accessed on their website.
Ashley Archibald is a Staff Reporter covering local government, policy and equity. Have a story idea? She can be can reached at ashleya (at) realchangenews (dot) org. Twitter @AshleyA_RC
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