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State of America's Children

State of America's Children

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THE STATE OF AMERICA’S CHILDREN
®
2014
 
ii
Children’s Defense Fund
CDF Mission Statement
The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind
®
mission is to ensure every child a
Healthy Start 
, a
Head Start 
, a
Fair Start 
, a
Safe Start 
and a
Moral Start 
in life and successful passage toadulthood with the help of caring families and communities.CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for
all 
the children of America who cannotvote, lobby or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minoritychildren and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children andencourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or sufferfamily breakdown.CDF began in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization supported by foundation and corporategrants and individual donations.
© 2014 Children’s Defense Fund. All rights reserved.Front and back cover photos © Steve Liss Inside photos © Dean Alexander Photography, Jane Rule Burdine and Steve Liss
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visiting poor families in Greenwood, Mississippi in July 1964. (AP Photo/Jim Bourdier)
 
The State of America’s Children
®
2014
1
Foreword
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2Overview of
The State of America’s Children 2014 
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4Child Well-Being 50 Years After the Launch of War on Poverty
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10Each Day in Americ
a
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12Moments in America
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16How America Ranks Among Industrialized Countries
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18Child Population
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20Child Poverty
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22Family Structure and Income
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24Housing and Homelessness
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26Child Hungerand Nutrition
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28Child Health
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30Early Childhood
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32Education
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34Child Welfare
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36 Juvenile Justice
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38Gun Violence
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40Appendix – Data Tables
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42Endnotes
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Table of Contents
The creation, publication, and distribution of this report was underwritten by an endowment gift from the DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund.Special Thanks to the Supportive Parents Information Network, Inc. (SPIN) for generously sharing some of the child storiesthat appear in this report from their book,
Journey to Our Dreams: Art & Stories of Low-Income Children 
in San Diego.

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