Poverty And Our Country’s Kids

NCCP research shares that while the calculated number of children in America has been about the same since 2008, more of our children today are likely to live in families that have real struggles being able to afford their most fundamental needs. The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has concluded that close to fifty percent of American children live closer than anticipated to the formulated poverty line.


In the past ten years, the number of children categorized as poor, has risen almost twenty percent. The number of children that are apart of low-income housing grew little more than ten percent. In order to fall upon low-income household, a family of four would financially need to gross just about fifty grand or less. Families of four that bring in twenty-five grand or less a year are technically considered the poor. Extreme poverty defines the families that make less than twelve thousand dollars a year.


Many people grow up in poverty, some in much harsher versions. 43.1 million poor people lived in America in 2015, and one in three were children. There were a little over 4.2 million poor children under the age of 5 living in poverty, as well as about 2.1 million children under 5 that lived in extreme poverty. This being said, just a smidge over 10 percent of the 0-5 year old category, lived in extreme child poverty in 2015.

One simple fact that is hard for some to digest, is that if your born into poverty you have a very high likelihood to remain in poverty. Study after study has connected growing up with poverty and negative outcomes such as; skipping class more, mental imbalances, less confidence and higher likelihood of self guidance toward drugs and crime. The availability of free food at schools for the kids of poverty is a great thing. Sometimes this food is all a child or student may have to nourish themselves. During long breaks such as winter break and spring break some of the more poor will experience slight starvation sensations while at home.

Are there ways to fix the poverty of the United States and are there glass-half-full sides of viewing this broad mass-reality? Sure there are. Some find people of homes without money nicer. Some may believe that better work ethics come more from the mentality of those who experienced wider financial struggles in school. Many wonder how powers of government can spend so much on planes, weapons, and other military defenses yet so little on little children. Some believe that if poverty among America’s youth in schools becomes bigger and over 50%… the higher half will switch to poverty-stricken kids. Some also believe that if you are poor, it’s not wise to have too many children.

 Negative stereotypes have pressed poverty affiliation into the ground for eons. Someone willing to shame or embarrass someone else about not having as much wealth as another is probably the type of person to avoid. Kids that don’t have enough money for college still get to be lifetime learners. With the world wide web almost everywhere, poverty and non-poverty kids will both end up shaping the modes of learning that lie ahead. Because of the elevated level of poverty across our country, the poor kid that attends the more-so richer kid school, may subconsciously have a harder time. Being poor will always be an obstacle for some students.


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