War on Poverty Programs that Improve the Lives and Wellbeing of Children and Youth
President’s Johnson’s 1964 State of the Union Speech launched the War on Poverty, a bold initiative to address poverty, unemployment and inequality in our nation. These initiatives, and the initiatives he created and launched in the years thereafter, included programs and policies to address the needs of poor children and youth in a number of areas, including: child health and nutrition; preparing children and youth for success in pre-K, elementary and secondary schools; and providing youth work and advanced educational opportunities.
Today, at least four of the programs and initiatives launched or expanded during the War on Poverty are among the top ten areas of federal expenditure on children.
To learn more about these programs, read the Children's Leadership Council's summary of War on Poverty programs, by clicking here.