League of Women Voters of Washington County, AR
Rising Child Poverty in Northwest ArkansasOriginally prepared by LWVWC in connection with the 2010/2011 LWVWC Study on Rising Child Poverty in Northwest Arkansas
Rising Child Poverty in Northwest Arkansas
Arkansas Legislative Taskforce on Reducing Poverty and Promoting Economic Opportunity: Act 722 of 2009: Final Report (Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families-AACF, November 2010). Created by Act 722 of 2009, the Arkansas Legislative Taskforce on Reducing Poverty and Promoting Economic Opportunity began working in September 2009 and established a set of recommendations intended to reduce poverty in Arkansas to pre-recession levels in five years and to cut poverty in half in ten. "The report is a comprehensive analysis and presents recommendations adopted by the Taskforce in an effort to aid the Governor and General Assembly in considering strategies and benchmarks for reaching these ambitious goals." Arkansas Child Poverty Rate Jumps to 26.9 Percent (Tara Manthey, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, September 28, 2010). According to the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau, the Arkansas child poverty rate jumped to 26.9 percent in 2009. Map: M1704. Percent of Children Under 18 Years Below Poverty Level in the Past 12 Months (For Whom Poverty Status is Determined). (American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau). A state-by-state map of percent of children under 18 years below poverty level. The National Center for Children in Poverty has profiled the demographics of poor children in Arkansas and offers Basic Facts About Low-Income Children, 2009 (October 2010). The Kids Count Data Center provides data on child well being in Arkansas. Child Poverty in America by Marian Wright Edelman. Watch a stirring clip of the president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund speaking on child poverty in America.
Last updated December 2010