Inquiry Magazine Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy

FALL 2010

Penelope Peterson

MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN

Dear Friends,

All of us have been affected by the recent downturn in our economy. However, children and youth in our country have been particularly adversely affected. In its annual report on child well-being published in June 2010, the Foundation for Child Development concluded, "The Great Recession has been particularly hard on children and youth, as state and local government budgets continue to be cut, resulting in significant reductions in educational, health, and other programs that support children and youth, particularly those at risk. Today children under 18 are the single largest group in America living in poverty.”

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