The rate of child poverty has been steadily increasing since 2000, with 21% of American children living in poverty in 2012, according to three New York University researchers in a recent Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Child Policy Report. The report describes sources of upward pressure that increase child poverty as well as sources of downward pressure that decrease child poverty. Declining work rates for men, stagnant wages for low-wage workers, increasing rates of children raised in single-parent households and rising gaps in educational attainment all exert upward pressure increasing child poverty, while the system of antipoverty programs exert downward pressure decreasing child poverty.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to addressing and ameliorating child poverty at the local level in Northeast Ohio. The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences examines the impact of and policy responses to poverty in Northeast Ohio. Several Schubert Center Faculty Associates are also affiliated with the Center on Urban Poverty, including Claudia Coulton, David Crampton, Robert Fischer, David Miller, Anna Maria Santiago, and Elizabeth Tracy. Claudia Coulton was recently featured on Cleveland’s ideastream discussing the high rate of child poverty in Cuyahoga County.
This March, Ariel Kalil, the director of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, will be giving a talk titled “The Long Reach of Early Childhood Poverty” as part of the Schubert Conversation Series, Child Well-Being and Healthy Engagement. Kalil has over fifteen years of experience researching the effect of parents’ socioeconomic status on child development and parental behavior. Find out more information about this event.