Child Poverty Press Statement by Children's Defense Fund-New York
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2008
CONTACT: Kinda Serafi
CDF-NY STATEMENT ON NEW DATA SHOWING SLIGHT DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF POOR CHILDREN LIVING IN NEW YORK IN 2007
NEW YORK, NY—Census data released today show the number of poor children living in New York has decreased slightly to 844,424 from the previous number of 888,344.
Data also show a continued disproportionate impact on New York's minority children. While small strides have been made in our fight against poverty, 19 percent of New York's children are still living in families with incomes less than $10,400 a year.
"Persistent child poverty costs the U.S. economy billions of dollars each year in lost opportunities. Every time we miss the moment to invest early and deeply in proven strategies for lifting families out of poverty—strategies like promoting livable wages, investing in communities, and ensuring that all children and pregnant women have access to quality and comprehensive health care—we are missing important moments to address child poverty at its roots.
"Today's children deserve better from us, and tomorrow's competitive workforce is but a pipedream if we do not have strong, forward looking federal and local policies that work together to reduce the likelihood that another generation of children will remain trapped in the stranglehold of poverty. We can and we must do better for ourselves and our children," said Emma Jordan-Simpson, Executive Director for the Children's Defense Fund-New York.
The Children's Defense Fund's Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.