Saturday, January 24, 2009

Kentucky's low-income children

Kentucky's children come to schools with greater challenges than others nationally, as Kids Count helps us to see each year. Because "poverty" isn't always an easy category to imagine, I've included dollar amounts based on the poverty threshold for a family of four.

(Why include 200% of poverty? It's a rough stand-in for what a family needs for self-sufficiency without public assistance and other subsidies. A far more detailed estimate developed in 2001 found that a family of four in Jefferson County needed to earn $46,823 to be self-sufficient, while the same family in Breathitt County needed $36,795.)

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