Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Growth in Economy Hasn’t Helped Families Facing Economic Hardship

SEATTLE – An additional 78,000 Washington children are growing up in poverty today than in 2008, at the start of the Great Recession. And child poverty is more common for Washington’s Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, Black, American Indian and Latino children. 
Greater child poverty—combined with stagnating wages, unemployment, underemployment and high costs for basic needs like child care—will undermine progress for kids, families and communities, according to KIDS COUNT in Washington and the Annie. E. Casey Foundation, which released the 2015 KIDS COUNT® Data Book today. The report found that too many children and families are still not feeling the effects of the economic recovery.