The stress of poverty is a serious disease for Philly kids []


“Casserian engeri?” (“And how are the children?”) — Traditional Masai greeting

The most serious, non-infectious  disease in childhood, and the most common, is poverty.

Despite economic gains in the last few years, children remain the poorest age group in America with nearly one in five living in poverty. That’s 13.2 million children.

A recent study by the Children’s Defense Fund illustrated an even bleaker picture, with three million children living in families surviving on $2 a day per person. Child poverty is also related to age, race/ethnicity, and the lottery of geography, with the youngest, most vulnerable children affected the most, and children of color almost three times more likely to be poor.

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