The State of America's Children is Deteriorating
Here are some other disturbing highlights:
- The federal poverty line for a family of four in 2008 is $21,200.
- More than 1 in 6 children in the U.S. is poor.
- Nearly 9 million children are uninsured (1 in 5 in Texas).
- Among uninsured children, 9 out of 10 have at least one employed parent, 9 out of 10 are U.S. citizens, and 6 out of 10 live in two-parent families.
- More than 900,000 children were abused or neglected in 2006.
- More than 2.5 million grandparents are raising their grandchildren, 60% of them work, and 1 in 5 is poor.
- Nationally, 1 in 15 teens is a dropout.
- States spend on average 2.8 times as much per prisoner as per public school pupil.
- About two-thirds of public school 4th graders cannot read at grade level; 6 out of 10 cannot do math at grade level.
- Seven out of 10 public school 8th graders cannot read or do math at grade level.
- Only 3% of eligible infants and young children are enrolled in the Early Head Start program.
- About 6 in 10 preschool-age children and 7 in 10 school-age children have all parents working in the labor force.
- In 33 states and the District of Columbia, the annual cost of center-based child care for a preschooler is more than the annual tuition at a 4-year public university.
- The number of children (about 12.7 million) receiving Food Stamps has been rising since 2000.
- Did you know that the monthly rent for a 2-bdrm apartment in the lowest-cost metro area in the country ranges from 39 percent of the minimum wage ($6.55 an hour) in Illinois to over 100% in the District of Columbia and Hawaii?