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Lessons from a Historic Decline in Child Poverty

Thomson, D., Ryberg, R., Harper, K., Fuller, J., Paschall, K., Franklin, J., & Guzman, L. (2022). Lessons From a Historic Decline in Child Poverty. Child Trends.
Thomson, D., Ryberg, R., Harper, K., Fuller, J., Paschall, K., Franklin, J., & Guzman, L. (2022). Lessons From a Historic Decline in Child Poverty. Child Trends.

October 12, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Hosted by Child Trends

A new report from Child Trends, featured in the New York Times, explores the factors driving the historic 59 percent decline in child poverty from 1993 to 2019. In Lessons From a Historic Decline in Child Poverty, Dr. Dana Thomson and Dr. Renee Ryberg examined how shifting economic and demographic factors, and shifts in the social safety net, achieved a dramatic decline in child poverty. In the last quarter century, the social safety net alone tripled the number of children protected from poverty. However, their analysis also shows how this unprecedented decline in child poverty is an unfinished success story, with many children still left behind.

The study’s release comes as state and federal officials wrestle to safeguard children from the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and create opportunities for longer-term economic mobility.  To aid such officials, Child Trends will host a webinar on October 12th to discuss and answer three key questions:

  • What led to the decline in child poverty?
  • Did all groups of children experience the decline?
  • Which children were helped, and who was left behind?

To further support this work, Child Trends built an interactive data tool with state-level data featuring child poverty rates, economic indicators, and demographic indicators.

On October 12th, New York Times reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Jason DeParle will moderate a discussion with report authors Dr. Dana Thomson and Dr. Renee Ryberg. They will be joined by several prominent state and federal voices in human services policy.

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