Historical and current policies have created and maintained unequal opportunities and large disparities in child poverty across race, ethnicity and gender, according to State of Texas Children 2016, a new Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) statewide report released April 13, 2016.
Notably, 1.7 million Texas children (or 25 percent of all Texas children) live in poverty. Of those children in poverty, 1.1 million are Latino, 277,000 are Black, 241,000 are White, and 31,000 are Asian. But the poverty rates tell a different story. Poverty rates for Latino (33 percent) and Black children (32 percent) are nearly three times higher than they are for White (11 percent) and Asian children (12 percent).
When Texas children are safe, healthy, and educated, Texas thrives. Ensuring that kids do well today ensures that we all do well tomorrow. From 2000 to 2010, Texas accounted for half of the U.S. child population growth, which means when Texas kids do better, the U.S. does better.