Article by Katherine Paschall and Jessical Dym Bartlett in the publication ChildTrends. September 12. 2019
The most recent Census data show a small decrease in the poverty rate among the overall U.S. population, from 12.3 percent in 2017 to 11.8 percent in 2018. Poverty rates were highest among infants and toddlers (birth through age 2), Black and Hispanic young children, and young children living in single parent-headed households—particularly female-headed households—relative to children without these characteristics, suggesting that the benefits of improved economic conditions were not equally distributed across families.