July 2022

Early Childhood Poverty Tracker: Poverty and Hardship Among Families with Young Children Before and During the Pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacts low-income New Yorkers, specifically children

Contributors: Kathryn Neckerman, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Jill Gandhi, Yajun Jia, Matthew Maury, Jane Waldfogel

Issues Areas: Covid 19, Households With Children

Data from the Early Childhood Poverty Tracker finds that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated inequality, reducing employment, income, and assets, and impaired health and well-being among New Yorkers who were already struggling financially, making the gaps between the advantaged and disadvantaged wider and harder to remedy. These impacts are especially concerning for young children because disadvantage can have a profound effect on their subsequent health and development.