LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) --
More than 18% of Wisconsin children were living in poverty in last year.
That’s up almost 36% from 2008.
The numbers are from the American Community Survey, and released by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.
La Crosse County’s child poverty rate for 2012 was more than 11%, which is down almost 19% from 2008.
YWCA of the Coulee Region transitional housing case manager Mary Jacobson said children living in poverty are less likely to go to college.
She also said those kids may not get some of the opportunities kids from stronger economic backgrounds get such as going to the library or the park.
“Children may be left alone more. They may not have as stimulating environment, because when parents come home after working two jobs they’re tired, and they don’t take the time to spend with their children,” said Jacobson.
Jacobson said early intervention and having organizations work together are key pieces to addressing the problem.
She also said the YWCA’s transitional housing program works to prepare women for life on their own, which she said improves children’s lives.