Ending Child Poverty Now – Children’s Defense Fund

By the Children’s Defense Fund | Originally published in April 2019

A new edition of the Children’s Defense Fund’s report Ending Child Poverty Now proposes solutions for lifting millions of children out of poverty. Read the overview below from CDF and click through to view the full report and other resources for fighting child poverty.


In this, the wealthiest nation on earth, nearly 1 in 5 children live in poverty. These children often face inadequate healthcare and nutrition, untreated illness, unsafe childcare, unstable housing and inferior schools.  We believe that permitting more than 12.8 million children to live in poverty when we have the means to prevent it is unjust and unacceptable. It is also economically and socially dangerous: child poverty costs our nation nearly $700 billion a year in lost productivity and extra health and crime costs.

But the United States can eliminate the terrible human and economic waste of child poverty if we choose to fight it rather than ignore it. The Children’s Defense Fund’s new edition of our Ending Child Poverty Now report shows our nation can help millions of today’s children escape poverty now by simply improving and investing in existing policies and programs to increase employment, make work pay and meet children’s basic needs. By investing an additional 1.4 percent of the federal budget into these proven policies and programs, our nation can reduce child poverty at least 57 percentlift 5.5 million children out of poverty and make an immediate down payment on ending child poverty for all children. We ask you to use the report and corresponding materials to inform your conversations and make the case that solutions to child poverty in our rich nation already exist if we are willing to invest in them. Let’s create the will and take action for our children.

Read the Full Report here: https://bit.ly/2YbnmFh

Read the Brief here: https://bit.ly/2DVHJid

Read state-specific facts here: https://bit.ly/2Wu9g1t


The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for more than 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children.

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