Michigan's poverty affects kids

by Barbara Lewis 5. August 2010 11:36

When people talk about the recession and the tough job market, it’s usually the plight of unemployed adults that springs to mind. But children in those fami¬lies are the ones who may suf¬fer lifelong consequences from poverty, driven by the worst recession since the 1930s. The ill effects have been worsened by the erosion of prevention and intervention programs designed to help vulnerable families through tough times. The latest Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Michigan slipping from 27th place to 30th when it comes to overall child well-being. Jane Zehnder-Merrell discusses this in a recent op-ed piece in the Detroit Free Press. Read it here.

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