- June 2002
- Vol. 3, No. 5
Two Reports Aim Attention at Children in Poverty
The National Center for Children in Poverty has recently released reports that deal with the potentially positive role of community development corporations (CDCs) in the lives of poor children, and how poverty can adversely affect children's emotional and intellectual development.
The first report, entitled The Role of Community Development Corporations in Promoting the Well-Being of Young Children, describes the results of a study that looked into what community-based organizations in low-income areas are doing to promote the healthy development of low-income young children and families.
This study focused on three questions:
- In what ways are CDCs promoting the well-being of low-income families with young children?
- What are the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing CDCs seeking to play a more active role in promoting the well-being of young children and their families?
- What more might be done to strengthen CDCs' role in promoting the well-being of the next generation?
After studying five different cities, the authors conclude that CDCs could play a stronger role in promoting better outcomes for children and their families if they had access to better resources and technical assistance.
The second report, Early Childhood Poverty--A Statistical Profile, emphasizes the importance of the first years of life in a child's emotional and intellectual development, and underscores the adverse effects of poverty on this process.
Statistics presented in the report highlight the following trends:
- The poverty rate for U.S. children under age three remains high despite recent decline.
- Young children who live with single mothers are far more likely to be poor than those who live with married parents.
- Poverty rates for young children vary dramatically by ethnicity and family structure.
- For the majority of poor children under age three, having parents who are employed does not prevent them from living in poverty.
- Economic and human costs of young child poverty are staggering and unsustainable.
The National Center for Children in Poverty reports are available online at the following links:
The Role of Community Development Corporations in Promoting the Well-Being of Young Children (http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/ dept/nccp/roleCDC.html)
Early Childhood Poverty: A Statistical Profile
Print copies can be obtained by contacting:
National Center for Children in Poverty
Mailman School for Public Health, Columbia University
154 Haven Ave.
New York, NY 10032-1180