Entry: [noticia] En el pais de la opulencia 1 de cada 6 niños son pobres. Sunday, August 29, 2004



 

 
Frank Martin
World Data Service

Un informe en Estados Unidos dijo esta semana que uno de cada seis niños en ese país son pobres, y muchos más son marginados o dañados de alguna manera por las condiciones que prevalecen en la sociedad norteamericana, especialmente la violencia.

En un reporte publicado en Washington la Children's Defense Fund (CDF) (Fondo en Defensa de la Niñez) se subrayó que uno de cada ocho menores estadounidenses -9.3 millones en total- carecen de seguro médico.
Tres de cada cinco niños norteamericanos son cuidados por personas que no son sus padres. En términos de educación solo el 31 por ciento de los pequeños que asisten al cuarto grado pueden leer.

Otra estadística dada a conocer por el CDF reflejó que un estimado de tres millones de menores estadounidenses han sido reportados como posibles víctimas de abusos y negligencia. Al menos uno de 10 adolescentes en Estados Unidos han dejado la escuela.  (leer más...)

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web de Children's Defense Fund


The State of America's Children 2004:
A Continuing Portrait of Inequality Fifty Years After Brown v. Board of Education

Washington, D.C. – This week the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) released The State of America's Children 2004, which provides a comprehensive examination of how children are faring in our country. The book paints a troubling picture — based on the most recent statistical data and analyses — of an unacceptably high number of children who are still being left behind.


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Family Income

  • Three out of four poor children live in families where someone worked and one in three poor children lives with a full-time year-round worker. More than 5.1 million children live in extremely low-income households spending at least half of their income on housing.
  • Twenty-two million adults and 13 million children live in households suffering from hunger or "food insecurity without hunger."
  • The richest one-fifth of households made 10.7 times as much in median income as the poorest one-fifth, the widest gap on record from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Child Health

  • 9.3 million children lack health insurance; yet six million of these uninsured children are eligible for Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) under current law.
  • Infants born to Black mothers are more than twice as likely to die before their first birthday as infants born to White mothers.
  • The number of overweight children has more than tripled since 1980. Almost nine million young people are overweight — over 15 percent of children and adolescents under age 19.

Child Care, Head Start, and School-Age Care

  • Sixty-four percent of mothers with children under six and 78 percent of mothers with children ages six to 17 work outside the home.
  • In 48 states, the cost of center-based child care for a four-year-old is greater than tuition at a four-year public college.
  • The number of children participating in Head Start has more than doubled during the past three decades, but currently the program only serves three out of five three- and four-year-olds.

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