Jan 09 2013

NBC: Report: California Childhood Poverty Rates Increasing

Nearly half of California’s children live in poverty or “perilously close” to it, according to a new report that warns about a trend of increasing childhood poverty in the state.

The report from nonprofit advocacy group the Center for the Next Generation, released Tuesday, said that children live in poverty at twice the rate of California seniors.

“We’ve taken steps to provide our seniors with some level of assurance that they’ll be cared for in their later years,” said Ann O’Leary, vice President and director of the Children and Families Program at the center and co-author of the new report. “California’s grandparents should ask why their grandkids don’t get the same treatment.”

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