Number of American Children Living in Poverty Has Grown Rapidly

According to a new survey from the Annie E. Casey Foundation released this week, the number of U.S. children living in poverty rose by 23 percent in 2011 in to the aftermath of the recession. The report says that though nationally, there have been some improvements in education and health, researchers observed major setbacks that effect the overall well-being of American children. Unemployment is seen as the primary factor, and has affected even middleclass homes where both parents have college educations. Officials in states like New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada, which ranked very low on the national scale that examined child poverty, said that they hope new investments in early childhood education could eventually help reverse the trend …

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