This summer, census numbers confirmed a trend that many suspected: that in the past ten years Minnesota saw a 62% increase in child poverty, from 114,000 children (9%) to 192,000 (15.2%). That number roughly equals the combined populations of Bloomington and Rochester.
Children’s Defense Fund–Minnesota (CDF–MN) produced a resource, 10 Things to Know about Child Poverty in Minnesota to help Minnesotans understand how child poverty affects a child’s brain development, how it affects all our futures and how smart investments today can mitigate these stark trends. It provides a quick background piece on Minnesota child poverty, who is affected, how it’s measured, and why policy decisions matter.
“Research makes is clear that targeted investments and interventions can make a positive impact on a child living in poverty and change his or her life for the better,” said CDF–MN regional director, Amy Crawford.