5 reasons kids in America are falling behind

Shutterstock Nearly half of American children experience poverty before they reach their 18th birthday, and that reduces their chances of having a stable childhood and finishing high school and college, a new study by the nonprofit Urban Institute concludes.

The study — “Child Poverty and Adult Success” — analyzed data of people born between 1968 and 1989 from the “Panel Study of Income Dynamics,” which follows 18,000 individuals and 5,000 families. It used over 40 years of data to follow poor children, creating a picture of why some succeed as adults — and others do not. Children as a group […]