Key Takeaway

Policies aimed at reducing childhood poverty can yield positive benefits for Washington in terms of improved individual and family functioning, and increased economic self-sufficiency for future generations.

Poverty affects roughly 250,000 children in Washington, and the impact of poverty on children and families is far reaching and has been found to have lasting negative effects. Children and families are less likely to succeed if their most basic needs go unmet and the research on poverty now tells us just how devastating these impacts can be for families, in the short-term and the long-term.