Child poverty rates in Maine remained relatively unchanged for 2018, though wide disparities are evident by county

Growing up in poverty can dramatically impact a child’s life. Child poverty can adversely affect children across all developmental domains, beginning in early childhood and lasting into adulthood. Living in poverty also increases a child’s risk for poor health, cognitive, social, emotional, and educational outcomes. Adults who grew up in poverty are likely to earn … More Child poverty rates in Maine remained relatively unchanged for 2018, though wide disparities are evident by county

Child poverty rates down, latest data shows

According to data released last week from the 2017 American Community Survey, the national child poverty rate∗ has fallen to 18% — or roughly just over 13 million kids living in poverty today in the United States. This puts the national child poverty rate back to prerecession levels for the first time. Even with these … More Child poverty rates down, latest data shows

Maine’s rate of uninsured children increases

The American Community Survey (ACS), an ongoing survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, provides data every year — giving policy makers, communities and businesses the current information they need to plan for investments and services. The Maine Children’s Alliance uses ACS data to track the well-being of our youngest citizens, keeping an eye on … More Maine’s rate of uninsured children increases

Public investments reduce child poverty rate

A new report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that the federal government’s official poverty measure created in the 1960s uses outdated information on how U.S. families are faring today, failing to illustrate the effect of programs designed to help them.  The new KIDS COUNT® Data Snapshot, Measuring Access to Opportunity in … More Public investments reduce child poverty rate

Race for Results

The future prosperity of the United States and right here in Maine depends on widely distributed opportunity for all children, regardless of where they live or what racial or ethnic group they belong to. The sustainability of America’s prosperity depends on it. The rapidly changing demographics of American society mean that children of color will … More Race for Results

Disturbing continued rise of child poverty in Maine

The U.S. Census Bureau released data from the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS) today. MCA and our partners at the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) commented on the troubling rise of child poverty. (Click here for the full statement.)   “Maine’s leaders and policy makers need to focus special attention on the disturbing continued rise … More Disturbing continued rise of child poverty in Maine

America’s Families and Living Arrangements

A recently released U.S. Census Bureau report entitled, “America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2012,” provides an updated picture of the composition of families and households in the United States, describing trends in family life & living arrangements. In addition, the report focuses on the economic well-being of families with children before and after the 2007-2009 … More America’s Families and Living Arrangements