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Child poverty a major crisis in New York, even bigger one during pandemic

This week the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy shared data about the well-being of New York children and recommended policy strategies for building better foundations for all of the state’s kids.

“As we all know, COVID-19 has and continues to have heartbreaking effects on the people of New York,” said Kate Breslin, President and CEO. “It has been particularly devastating for children, 36,000 of whom no longer have lost parents or caregivers. 1.5 million New York households sometimes or often do not have enough food. And New Yorkers of color and immigrants have borne the brunt of the pandemic, disproportionately falling gravely ill and dying from the virus.”

Schuyler Center’s policy team outlined significant challenges facing New York children and families, including the effects of poverty on children’s social, emotional, and cognitive well-being; the disproportionate representation of Black and brown children in the child welfare system and living in poverty, and the hardships caused by the high costs of and lack of access to high quality child care.

All children need strong and economically stable stable families, healthy bodies and minds, safe homes and communities, and a sound education to thrive. We look forward to working with the Governor and Legislature this session to ensure children living in poverty have access to that foundation,” Dede Hill, the Center’s Director of Policy said.