October 12, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
WV Childhood Well-Being Slightly on Decline Before COVID-19 Pandemic

Charleston Gazette-Mail - West Virginia children are faring better in some small ways, but as a whole the well-being of the state’s youth is on a minor decline, according to the 2020 KIDS COUNT data book. Read the full article. The national data book, released annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, uses 16 factors…

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September 17, 2020 by WVCBP
Data Released Today Shows West Virginia Had 6th Highest Poverty Rate in the Country Even Before COVID Hardship, More Relief Needed

For Immediate Release: September 17, 2020 Contact: Sean O'Leary, 304-400-8899 Charleston, WV - New data released today from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey and an analysis of data from its ongoing Household Pulse Survey and other sources paints a bleak picture. People across West Virginia -- particularly West Virginians of color and those with low incomes -- continue to face…

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April 30, 2020 by Kelly Allen,
Low-income Earners, Women and Workers of Color First Back to Work under Governor’s Plan

Earlier this week, Governor Jim Justice unveiled his plan for reopening West Virginia’s businesses, dubbed “The Comeback”. Among the businesses slated to open first under his plan are day care centers, restaurants, and professional services including hair and nail salons. West Virginians who work in these sectors will be among the first back to work…

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April 17, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
How Much Would It Cost to End Child Poverty in West Virginia?

More than 91,000 children live in poverty in West Virginia. At 25.5%, West Virginia has the 4th-highest child poverty rate in the country. The cost of child poverty is high. According to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, child poverty costs the U.S. between $800 billion and $1.1 trillion a year,…

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February 27, 2013 by Ted Boettner
Children in Poverty Presentation to Senate Select Committee

On Wednesday, February 27, Executive Director Ted Boettner presented to the Senate Select Committee on Children and Poverty. Established at the start of the 2013 Legislative Session, this was the Committee's second meeting. Read presentation.

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February 19, 2013 by Ted Boettner
Child Poverty in West Virginia

On February 19, 2013, Executive Director Ted Boettner was a speaker at the Worth Our Care symposium in Charleston, WV. His presentation focused on child poverty in West Virginia, who is impacted by it and ways to address it. Read

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February 19, 2013 by Ted Boettner
Child Poverty in West Virginia: A Growing and Persistent Problem

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) report, this new report revisits many of the same measures of well-being that ARC researchers examined a half-century ago. This analysis, however, focuses its attention on West Virginia, the one state that exists entirely within the federally designated Appalachian region, and, more…

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February 12, 2013 by Ted Boettner
Reducing Child Poverty in West Virginia

Today, nearly one in three young children (under age 6) in West Virginia lives in poverty. For a family of four that means living on a income of about $20,000 a year in 2012. Child poverty is a persistent and growing problem in West Virginia. That's why it's so important that State Senate Majority Leader…

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January 15, 2013 by Ted Boettner
Addressing Child Poverty is the Best Education Reform We Can Make

As state lawmakers and others review and debate the findings of the recent education audit, it is important that they consider the economic and social conditions of our state's children. This is especially true when evaluating our state's K-12 education outcomes, which likely has more to do with the income of a student's parent than…

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