Alabama sees an increase of kids in poverty

MONTGOMERY, AL - The Census Bureau recently reported that America is deeper in poverty today than it's been in more than a decade. Children have the highest rates of poverty: more than 15 million kids are now living in poverty, up from 1.4 million kids from the year before.

In Alabama, 24.7 percent of children live below the poverty line, according to the Bureau. That's up from 21.7 percent from 2008.

Our best hope for reversing this trend is to make the kind of investment that gives every child a quality education and proper nutrition, providing a path to lifelong success.

Four-year-old kids living in poverty are 18 months behind their peers and 2 out of 3 fourth graders are not reading at grade level.

These gaps in early childhood stay with these kids for rest of their lives, leading to increased high school dropout rates, teenage pregnancy and unemployment.

Save the Children's U.S. Programs works to combat the childhood poverty crisis by giving children in poverty the resources they need, like access to a quality education and healthy foods.

Educational programs are run at five sites in Alabama and this year they'll serve more than 70,000 children nationwide.

These programs reach children in 14 states, including rural areas of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia. For more information, visit