Basic Facts About Low-income Children, 2009: Children Under Age 6

Michelle M. Chau; Kalyani Thampi; Vanessa Wight

Basic Facts About Low-income Children, 2009: Children Under Age 6
Chau, Michelle M.
Thampi, Kalyani
Wight, Vanessa
National Center for Children in Poverty
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Columbia University. National Center for Children in Poverty, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
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New York
Children represent 25 percent of the population. Yet, they comprise 36 percent of all people in poverty. Among children, 42 percent live in low-income families and nearly one in every five live in poor families. Young children under age 6 appear to be particularly vulnerable with 46 percent living in low-income and 24 percent living in poor families. Winding up in a low-income or poor family does not happen by chance. There are significant factors related to children's experiences with economic insecurity, such as race/ethnicity and parents' education and employment. This fact sheet describes the demographic, socioeconomic, and geographic characteristics of young children and their parents — highlighting the important factors that appear to distinguish low-income and poor children in this age group from their less disadvantaged counterparts.
Individual and family studies
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Michelle M. Chau, Kalyani Thampi, Vanessa Wight, 2010, Basic Facts About Low-income Children, 2009: Children Under Age 6, Columbia University Academic Commons, http://hdl.handle.net/10022/AC:P:10722.

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