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America Should Be the Best Place to Raise a Child — Not the Hardest
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America Should Be the Best Place to Raise a Child — Not the Hardest

Neera Tanden and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) discuss the need to invest in families with young children in order to combat childhood poverty.

Every parent wants to give their child the chance to succeed. But amidst flat wages and rising costs, millions of families are struggling to put food on the table, put gas in the car, or make this month’s rent.

Families with young children have borne the heaviest burden. Infants and toddlers are the poorest members of American society, with almost half living in low income families. And while families across the board have been facing a financial squeeze, child-related costs have skyrocketed in recent years. In fact, child-related costs represented nearly 70 percent of the rising costs associated with the pillars of middle-class economic security between 2000 and 2012. Young parents have been hit particularly hard.

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 (Neera Tanden)

Neera Tanden

President and CEO of the Center for American Progress

Rosa DeLauro