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The demographic case for investing in America’s children

Brookings reports that there is an important demographic rationale for investing in young people, from infants to teens. It has to do with the unprecedented aging of the nation’s population and the increased reliance of our rapidly growing senior population on a young population whose size will remain relatively stagnant. On top of this, demographic gains among today and tomorrow’s younger populations will be driven by children of color–many of whom continue to grow up in families experiencing high levels of poverty. This means that the pipeline of future workers in our rapidly aging nation is growing modestly at best, and is made up of children among whom racial and ethnic inequality is amplified. For these reasons, the nation’s demography alone makes it imperative that the needs of children and young families are high on the policy priority list. #racialequity #workforce #education