November 2019

Early Childhood Poverty Tracker: The Youngest New Yorkers

New data shows how poverty is impacting the youngest New Yorkers and their families

Contributors: Kathryn M. Neckerman, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Elizabeth Doran, Lauren Kennedy, Matthew Maury, Jane Waldfogel, Christopher Wimer

Issues Areas: Households With Children

The Early Childhood Poverty Tracker, a new collaboration between Robin Hood and Columbia University, follows a representative sample of more than 1,500 families with young children in NYC, using repeated surveys to provide a detailed description of the challenges and resources that shape the development of children during the critical early years of life. Data from this inaugural report shows young New Yorkers face significant levels of disadvantage, with nearly one in four children ages 0-3 living in poverty. Poverty is much more common among young children (24%) than adults (18%) in the city.