Report: Poverty affecting more kids in Davidson County

Friday, June 7, 2013 at 10:35am

About 5,500 more Davidson County children were living in poverty in 2010 than were the year before, according to a report on youth health and development (PDF here).

In Davidson County alone, 30.7 percent of children were in poverty that year, a swift uptick from holding steady around 25 percent years before, according to data compiled by the Tennessee Commissioner for Children and Youth in the annual Kids Count report released Thursday.

“Some stress is inevitable in life,” read the report. “Experiencing a chronic stressful condition, such as neglect or abuse, persistent poverty and severe maternal depression, is called toxic stress and can disrupt developing brain architecture.”

Between one in four children living in poverty and one in three receiving food stamps, the stresses factor on Tennessee’s children needs to be addressed, according to the Kids Count report from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.

In 2010, Tennessee saw an uptick of 30,000 more children living in poverty, a 7.8 percent increase over the year before.

The study pulled statistics from the state departments of children’s services, education, finance, health, human services and labor.

While the report found more poor children, it also found a slight dip in the number of babies born to unmarried females, a drop in the teen pregnancy and birth rates and the number of infant deaths.

The report comes at a time when DCS is attracting attention for systematic problems within the agency ranging from software issues tracking child welfare cases to instances where children had died.

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10 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 6/7/13 at 10:17

Distribute free condoms and birth control in the ghetto and to white trash. Free sterilizations, too. Maybe that will put a dent in the welfare state liberals have created.

By: pswindle on 6/7/13 at 11:23

The GOP likes to take food out of the mouths of children. When Haslam's four years are up most of TN will be below the poverty level. Now that he is not participating in Obama Care, the children will not have medical care, either.

By: Jughead on 6/7/13 at 11:53

pswindle is a fartknocker. When he has nothing relevant to say, he goes back to "Bush Lied" and "it's for the children."

And---moron--get a grip on the realities of Obamcare and Tennessee. You are CLUELESS about what Haslam---and many other governors---did. I mean, you are really stupid.

By: pswindle on 6/7/13 at 2:55

How can you answer one crazy person? Jud speaks for whom!

By: ancienthighway on 6/7/13 at 3:07

Inform us of what Halsam did for us in reference to Obamacare and Tennessee.

What I have seen is jobs with lower income slowly declining in pay and hours. I've seen jobs with lower income filled more with immigrant workers. I've seen programs protecting workers eroding away. If you don't give a man a job and pay him a fair wage for that job, he can't work his way out of poverty.

Isn't the religious right was against all forms of birth control. They've taken away women's clinics, in particular Planned Parenthood because of abortion, and in doing so, options for free birth control and options after birth are harder for the mother to come up with.

So do tell. How is Halsam's actions on Obamacare helping Tennesseans, other than the wealthier lot that is.

By: Rasputin72 on 6/7/13 at 3:08

Underclass breeds more underclass. This problem could be taken care of in twenty years.

By: Libertine on 6/7/13 at 3:24

Ain't life grand here in the Obamaconomy?

By: ancienthighway on 6/7/13 at 4:51

The Obamaconomy. That's the one where the POTUS and Democrats in Congress attempt to pass job stimulus packages and the Republicans block every try, simply because of party affiliation.

By: Libertine on 6/8/13 at 6:00

Obama got his $800 billion stimulus, which did nothing but nothing for the economy or jobs, but did give Obama the chance to repay political favors to the special interest groups who put him in office using hundreds of billions in taxpayer cash.

Obama's economic plan was basically introduce a series of huge tax increases that exempted special interest groups who favored him politically. Huge new energy taxes with his carbon credit scheme, higher income taxes on job creators, increase the cost for employers to provide health care benefits with Obamacare, take the government to the brink of shutdown over his deficit spending which has weakened the economy saddling taxpayers with $7 trillion in additional debt, giving Wall Street a free pass on their wreck-less behavior, a series of scandals where the Administration has been caught lying time after time to the point that the public has no trust in anything they say.

That is Obama's legacy and the Obamaconomy.

By: govskeptic on 6/10/13 at 11:07

The rise in assistance may just many there's a new wave of folks receiving
the "Come and get yours" assistance, whether the children are hungry or not.
As to job stimulation, this administration wouldn't know the art of that over a
free ice cream supper.