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The Podium

Children’s programs need more backing

Election Day is here, and the candidates for president barely mentioned the importance of strengthening programs that benefit poor children. It is a silence that could reverberate for decades to come.

For the first time, Americans believe that the current generation of children will be worse off than their parents — and with good reason. A quarter of America’s 74 million children live in poverty — the highest level in 20 years. The United States has the second worst infant mortality rate among industrialized nations. And our elementary students are far behind children in other countries in reading and math.

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