A core American ideal is that all children should have a clear pathway to thrive and prosper as adults. Yet, children in poverty—particularly children who are persistently poor—face steep obstacles on their path to economic success. More than 1 in 10 US children grow up in persistently poor families— spending at least half their childhood living in poverty. These children are significantly less likely to succeed economically as adults than their nonpoor and less-poor counterparts. And the economic effects go beyond those borne by these children; child poverty costs the United States billions of dollars a year in lost productivity and expenses related to poor health and crime. This report examines the paths persistently poor children take into adulthood and highlights characteristics of those who are “most successful” as young adults—defined as consistently connected to work or school and not poor. (Author Abstract)
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