The Child Poverty Reduction Act was passed this year during the legislative session, which has a goal of reducing child poverty by 50% in the state of New York over the next ten years.
Kate Breslin, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy President and CEO states that 18% of children in New York are children of poverty, making that over 700,000 kids before the pandemic.
After the pandemic hit, thousands of additional children fell into poverty, or landed right above the poverty line.
Childhood poverty is not limited to childhood; when a child grows up in poverty the possibility of taking that into adulthood with them is higher.
The goal now is for Governor Cuomo to sign the Child Poverty Reduction Act into law.
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