40th Anniversary Policy Series Event: Is America Still the Land of Opportunity? Exploring the Changing Demographics of Children

April 26, 2011

One in five children lives in poverty. More than one in five children lives in a food insecure household. Data across a range of health and economic indicators show that the Great Recession has had an alarming impact on the well-being of America's children and has increased the need for public services and benefits. At the same time, children of immigrants account for nearly the entire growth in the child population over the past decade. For these children, access to services is complicated by issues of language, immigration status of themselves or household members and other barriers. This forum will feature a panel of experts who will explore these and other changing characteristics of the nation's children and discuss the implications for state and federal policies across the social safety net.

This event is part of CLASP's 40th Anniversary Policy Series, Policy and Promise for Low-Income People in America.

It will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. in Washington, D.C. at CLASP.

Speakers include:

  • Donald J. Hernandez, senior advisor for the Foundation for Child Development and professor in the Department of Sociology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • James D. Weill, president of Food Research & Action Center
  • Danielle Ewen, director of Child Care and Early Education at CLASP
  • Irasema Salcido, founder and CEO, Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy and Chairperson, DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative

Register for this event.

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