Despite health, education improvements, U.S. children living in poverty

A mixed bag of news for this country’s children: while education and health improved for U.S. children during the recession, it seems that they are still living in poverty for longer.

A new study shows that children have more health insurance coverage now than in 2005, and there is also a decrease in childhood deaths, births to teenage mothers and substance abuse amongst teens. But, the study, by Kids Count, said that there were improvements in reading and math scores, according to The Washington Post.

“But we’re concerned about the longterm impact of the recession. Research suggests that children who spend extended periods of time in poverty are more likely to drop out of school, become pregnant and are less likely to [find permanent] work. Over the long term, they have a tough time transitioning to adulthood,” Patrick McCarthy, president of the Casey Foundation, told the Post.

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