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Children cannot vote or influence public policies governing their lives. What's more, poverty is often overlooked in legislation affecting children. We help give a voice to the 16 million children living in poverty across America.

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Save the Children champions education policies for children in low-income communities, collaborates with local partners to prevent and reduce childhood obesity through the Campaign for Healthy Kids, and changes policies to ensure children are taken into account before, during and after disasters.

2017 End of Childhood Report

Childhood should be the time when our nation’s youngest citizens are safe to learn, play and grow. A time to develop into the adults who will one day care for and lead our country, our world, and our future. Yet for millions of children in the United States – and hundreds of millions more children around the world – childhood is ending too soon. Save the Children’s new global report, 2017 End of Childhood Report: Stolen Childhoods, examines “childhood enders”– events and factors that rob children of their childhoods, such as child marriage, infant mortality, extreme violence and displacement by war or conflict.

The 2017 End of Childhood Report placed the United States 36th worldwide for childhood – behind other developed nations including Norway, France, the United Kingdom, and more. To better understand the factors that lead to incomplete childhoods across America, we examined domestic childhood enders including infant mortality, food insecurity, high school drop outs, violence, and teenage pregnancy and ranked all 50 states on where childhood is most intact and most threatened. Click here to learn more and read our U.S. Complement.

Jennifer Garner

"The number of Americans living in poverty remains at a historic high, with nearly one in four children knowing all too well what it means to go without. Childhood poverty sets children up for failure in school, impacts their health, and can pre-determine the course of their lives. So why, then, are children being left out of the conversation during an election season in which the economy is the primary issue? We need to do better for our kids." — Jennifer Garner, Artist Ambassador, Save the Children

Mark Shriver

"The presidential candidates this year are talking about building an even greater, more prosperous and more competitive nation. And yet, during the first presidential debate, neither candidate mentioned the poverty epidemic affecting the lives of 16 million children in America. Reducing the deficit is not mutually exclusive from reducing poverty. Childhood poverty costs our nation $500 billion per year. If the candidates are truly serious about building a stronger America, then a meaningful debate about ending childhood poverty must become part of the conversation." — Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President, Save the Children's U.S. Programs

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