There’s probably a cleaner way to phrase the title of this post, but the important thing is to share news about Delaware’s plan to slash childhood poverty (pdf) by 50% by 2019. Delaware’s Child Poverty Task Force, created in the summer of 2007, released its 250 page plan on April 21. Six summits were held around the state to develop the plan, and even the State Chamber of Commerce got behind it.
Having a plan does not guarantee results, of course. It’s entirely possible the 15 key recommendations will go nowhere. But I doubt it. Once a goal has been translated into something concrete and measureable it is a whole lot easier to keep track of progress. It is now someone’s job in the state of Delaware to worry about the child poverty rate.
Imagine what might get accomplished in Oklahoma, where 203,000 children (or 23%) live in poverty, if our policymakers kept track of child poverty rates with the same fervor they track income tax rates.