Child Poverty

Child poverty is a concern because it is highly correlated with a number of factors that negatively affect health and learning outcomes, including lack of health care access, and poorer nutrition and inadequate educational opportunity.

Ensuring families have access to critical supports from nutrition, to early care and education, to health coverage is essential to children’s well-being and our state’s future.

Data Note: In 2015, the poverty level for a family of three with one child was $19,078. To access poverty levels for other family sizes, see the Census Bureau's Poverty Thresholds

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, “Percent of related children under 18 years below poverty level in the past 12 months - 5 year averages.”

Related Research: Much of the foundational research on the health and social consequences of early adversity is referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Read about the history of the research, as well as ongoing community initiatives to prevent ACEs, here.