Quote of the Day, January 14, 2013, excerpted from Prosperity Threatened: Perspectives on Child Poverty in California, by The Center for the Next Generation
More than one in five children in California lives in poverty; nearly half live either in poverty or perilously close to it. And, in a surprising twist, children live in poverty at twice the rate of seniors in the state. This is concerning not only due to the immediate effects of income deprivation, such as decreased health outcomes, but also because poverty is mobile across generations. According to a recent study from Columbia University’s National Center for Children in poverty, 45 percent of people who spent half their childhoods in poverty were also poor as adults.