WHAT DOES COVID-19 MEAN FOR TEXAS CHILDREN?
Before COVID-19, 1 in 5 children in Texas lived below the poverty line and the state ranked 43rd in child well-being. After COVID-19, with quarantines pushing parents out of work, keeping students out of school, and taxing our social safety-net, those numbers will grow.
Under new financial strain, Texas policymakers will face pressure to cut budgets, reduce services, and limit new investments in children’s programs, even when Texas families need help the most. Now more than ever, public officials need quality research and data analysis to make informed policy decisions and prioritize children. As a research-informed policy advocacy organization with strong connections across the state, CHILDREN AT RISK is continuing to drive systems-level change. To continue to improve the lives of the 7.3 million children that call Texas home, we are enacting a 3-point strategy in this time of crisis.
parents, partners, and policymakers of resources and best practices
with nonprofit & community leaders across sectors
for policies that protect our most vulnerable families
OUR LATEST COVID-19 RESEARCH & ADVOCACY
Amidst the closures and gaps in business as usual, our state, local, and community institutions are grappling with how to keep Texas families safe and healthy. According to the most recent available Census data, more than 1.5 million families in Texas live in poverty. Another 1.3 million families teeter on the edge of poverty, where an unexpected expense, disruption in child care, or job loss...
Food is one of the most basic needs, yet many families routinely struggle to access it. As of 2017, around 1 in 7 Texans reported experiencing food insecurity. With unemployment rising and many families losing income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this number has surely increased in recent months. Even if this spike in food insecurity is temporary, the impacts of lacking consistent access to...
Child safety experts from Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley highlight how COVID-19 is impacting their regions, what they are doing to adapt, and what Texas Legislators need to know. While children have largely been spared the worst of the disease, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic nevertheless impact children and families. COVID-19 has affected our most vulnerable...
Forced adaptation is a concept in biology that describes the modification of an organism’s properties by imposing drastic changes to its environment. This may be done purposefully, to bring out characteristics deemed beneficial, such as improving the drought-resistance of a plant, but it can also result from extreme, sudden and lasting environmental changes. Only the most adaptable survive. Our...
Child care experts from Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, and Lubbock highlight how COVID-19 is impacting their regions, what they are doing to adapt, and what Texas Legislators need to know. Before COVID-19, 1 in 12 Texas children lived in a child care desert, child care providers struggled to meet financial obligations, and most child care employees made poverty-level wages. After...
Amidst the closures and stop gaps in business as usual, our thoughts turn to the state, local, and community institutions grappling with how to keep Texas families safe and healthy. According to the most recently available census data, more than 1.5 million in Texas live in poverty. Another 1.3 million families teeter on the edge of poverty, where an unexpected expense, disruption in child care,...
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