End Child Poverty

Today, more children in Ohio live in poverty than did before the Great Recession began in 2008. An unacceptable number of Ohio children are also growing up in low-income working families. A disproportionate number are Black and Latino. Poor children often lag behind their peers in many ways beyond income: They are often less healthy, can trail in emotional and intellectual development, and are less likely to graduate from high school. Poor children are more likely to become poor parents. Every year we let children live in poverty, it costs our nation half a trillion dollars in lost productivity and increased health and crime costs.

Our vision is to end child poverty. We must ensure all parents and caregivers have the resources to support and nurture their children: jobs with livable wages, affordable high-quality child care, supports for working families like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, and safety nets for basic needs like nutrition and housing assistance. We must also ensure every child in Ohio has access to high-quality early childhood development and learning, comprehensive health coverage and care, and quality K-12 education so all children can reach their full potential.

Our work

In our annual Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT reports, we detail how Ohio children are doing on a variety of child well-being indicators, including poverty. Our KIDS COUNT data shows how children of color and children in Ohio’s Appalachian and rural counties suffer disproportionately from the effects of poverty.

Data & Resources

CHIP Letter to Congress

Letter sent to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on October 3, 2017, urging Congress to take immediate action to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and describing the impact of CHIP on Ohio children.

October 3, 2017

The Early Childhood Hunger Imperative

Early childhood education must be the top priority for policymakers. Research is clear: Learning begins when a baby is born. Nurturing a baby’s brain with information is therefore very important. For a baby’s brain to develop, fuel is needed to build strong neuron connections. That fuel comes in part from good nutrition. Too many of Ohio’s babies are hungry and not receiving the fuel they need for their brains to reach their full potential.

January 28, 2016

2014 Ohio KIDS COUNT Data Book

September 8, 2014

Health Disparities Are Leaving Ohio's Rural Children Behind

Ohio's rural children face unique challenges arising from high levels of poverty in Appalachian counties and growing poverty rates in non-Appalachian rural counties. The health disparities that impact Ohio's rural children need urgent attention, and require unique solutions. This issue brief examines the health disparities impacting Ohio's rural children and makes recommendations so that Ohio policymakers can better address their needs.

August 1, 2014

Promising Practices: Ohio Covering Kids and Families

November 1, 2006