Nearly 15 million, or 21 percent, of children in the United States live in families with incomes below $22,350, the federal poverty threshold set by the U.S Census Bureau.
This number has been on the rise since 2001, when 16.9 percent of children living in the United States were reported to live in families with incomes below that threshold.
Studies suggest that the effects of poverty on children are diverse and can have far-reaching implication that can effect educational attainment as well as future socio-economic status.
Krissy Clark, a senior reporter for Marketplace’s Wealth and Poverty Desk, is covering the implications of child poverty in the United States. Jezza Neumann is the producer and director of the new Frontline documentary, "Poor Kids."
Here's a preview of that documentary: