“Poverty among children ages 4 and younger was higher than among other age groups,” according to the 2012 Kansas Economic Report by the Kansas Department of Labor. Kansans in the youngest age group had a poverty rate of 22.1 percent, while the poverty rate for Kansans of all ages is 13.5 percent. Shannon Cotsoradis, president of Kansas Action for Children, told the Topeka Capital-Journal that higher poverty among very young children is especially troubling because “we know that’s the most critical period for child brain development.”
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