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Virginia’s Childhood Poverty Rate has Increased by 7 percent According to a New Study

As childhood poverty rates have dropped nationally by 5 percent, Virginia’s childhood poverty rate has increased by 7 percent according to a new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The annual Kid’s Count study shows that child poverty is shifting and diversity is growing. Beth Nolan, Kid’s Count Director for the non-profit Voices for Virginia’s Children says, " Poverty and the rate of kids who classify as economically disadvantaged is up in rural, urban and suburban areas, among all racial groups, and In order for children to grow up and be active members of our community, they need to be healthy, they need to be educated, and they need to be financially secure now.” Nolan says, "Some of Virginia’s investments in child well being are working but that the Commonwealth needs to do more to keep pace with the nation." Virginia ranks 10th in the nation overall for childhood well being.