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The Biggest Children's Issue of our Time

Poverty is worsening in America, and we're continuing the fight for a better future for all kids.

The month of July has been littered with sobering new reports on the state of poverty in the United States, especially among kids. We've learned that the plight of kids in rural areas is worsening, with high poverty rates steadily rising. We're facing the reality that African-American kids were almost four times as likely to be living in poverty as white kids in 2013. And this week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation revealed that one in five kids lives in poverty across the United States, a consequence of the Great Recession of 2008. In that same report, California ranked 49th out of the 50 states for economic well-being as measured by the number of children in poverty, parents with secure employment, and teens not in school and unemployed as well as high housing costs. If it wasn't clear before, it is now: Poverty is the biggest threat to our children's future health and happiness.

Poverty is an issue that ultimately encompasses much of Common Sense Kids Action's work. Almost everything we strive to achieve as an organization -- from establishing the Right Start Commission to provide universal early education, to supporting an updated Lifeline Program so low-income households can receive Internet -- ties back to addressing the growing opportunity gap facing kids from low-income backgrounds.

Common Sense Kids Action is one of a select number of organizations at the intersection of technology, advocacy, and business, and we use that position to support kids in a way few others can. In the coming weeks and months, we look forward to diving deeper into the fight against child poverty and continuing the battle to make kids our nation's No. 1 priority. We hope you'll join us!

Jim Steyer
Jim is Common Sense Media's CEO and founder -- read all about him here.