Children and adults in poverty by age group

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Delaware should be a place where a child's beginnings, however humble, do not limit lie's paths. Poverty is the single greatest threat to children's well-being. Low-income children suffer a disproportionate share of deprivation, hardship and negative outcomes. The risks are greatest for children who experiences poverty when they are younger and for those who live in deep and/or persistent poverty. Not only does this group of children have access to fewer material foods than upper or middle class children, but they are also more likely to experience poor health and die during childhood, in addition to being more likely to end up poor as adults. In school, children in poverty score lower on standardized tests and are more likely to be retained in grade or to drop out. Low-income teens are more likely to have out-of-wedlock births and experience violent crime. Fewer children in poverty will mean increased positive outcomes such as more children entering school ready to learn, better child health, less strain on hospitals and public health systems, less stress on the juvenile justice system and a decrease in child hunger and malnutrition.
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