Before we can solve a problem, we must understand it. As more Americans are born into poverty and struggle to escape it, the need to understand why becomes increasingly important.
Take, for example, how an increase in households headed by single mothers has resulted in more children born into poverty:
Together, the facts in this chapter paint a portrait of the conditions that account for the extent of poverty and the state of opportunity in America. They also serve as the basis of the Working Group’s final recommendations for reducing poverty and restoring the American Dream.