Many are unaware of the issue of poverty in our society, but even more people are uneducated about those who are most likely to be living in poverty: children. In fact, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 22 percent of all children live in families who have an income below the federal poverty level, for a family of four this is $23,500 or less a year. This means that 16 million children in the United States may deal with an inadequate quality of life.

This was not always the trend of poverty in the United States, between 1960 and 1995, the poverty rate for the elderly decreased drastically from 35 percent to 10 percent, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Poverty is a huge threat to children’s ability to learn, and this increasingly problematic trend in the United States needs to be assessed. Our fiscal policy and poverty alleviation should be focused more on education for children and other policies that will benefit children who need it most.

Over 30 percent of families led by single women are living in poverty, according to the U.S. Census. This is in comparison to 16.4 percent of families led by single dads. In an article in Slate, they acknowledge that the gender difference in American Poverty Rates isn’t new news, but the continual reiteration of these numbers illustrates the drastic need to focus on these growing trends in the country.

United States focused on elderly poverty and ensured that those rates went down, now it’s important to shift our focus to the children and single mothers suffering from poverty.

What do you think? How can we change these trends?