July 26, 2012
By the time the tiniest clients show up at the New Beginnings preschool in Hazard, some already are at a disadvantage.
That’s because the infants who enter at as young as six weeks of age are among the one in four Kentucky children born into poverty, a persistent and worsening problem, according to the latest Kids Count, the annual national report of the Annie E. Casey Foundation that tracks child well-being.
In Kentucky, child poverty increased 18 percent between 2005 and 2010.
In Indiana, one in five children live in poverty, a 29 percent increase in five years.