Poverty poses both immediate and long-term threats to children’s development. Child Trends researches and monitors the prevalence of child poverty over time, and its impact on child outcomes. Across all of our research areas, ranging from early childhood to youth development, our studies examine differences in child well-being by family income. We also have expertise in evaluating the effects of programs and policies aimed at children and families in poverty.
Our DataBank provides annual updates on the number and percent of children living under key poverty thresholds.