Children poverty numbers sad for Clare County

The number of children who lived in poverty in Clare County as of 2015 is 2,280, ranked 81st in the state according to the 2017 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book.

The book, compiled by the Michigan League for Public Policy and released in April, examines 15 indicators of child well-being to see how children are doing around the state.

“No Michigan child should be experiencing poverty, hunger, abuse or neglect, regardless of where they are born and grow up, their race or ethnicity, or their family’s economic standing,” said Alicia Guevara Warren, Kids Count in Michigan project director at the Michigan League for Public Policy in a release. “Just as past policies and practices have created these disparities, using a racial equity lens and a two-generation approach to develop policy solutions can help resolve them. In order to have a vibrant state for us all, lawmakers need to make sure all kids in Michigan thrive.”

In a specific category such as education, the counties vary.

For example, regarding the number of three- and-four year old children in preschool, Clare County ranks 73rd overall.

There was an average of 229 three-and-four year old children in preschool in Clare County from 2005 to 2009.

This increased to an average of 297 from 2011 to 2015.

Similarly, during the 2006-2007 school year, there were 51.3 percent of students in Clare County, or 2,557, receiving a free and/or reduced price school lunch.
During the 2014-15 school year in Clare County, there were 54.5 percent of students, or 2,344 receiving a free and/or reduced price school lunch.

For more information on the report, visit www.mlpp.org/kids-count.

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