Research Report on Boomers, Babies, and the Future of the U.S.

Massive demographic changes create challenges, elevate economic role of next generation

Ensuring children’s health and well being in the U.S. has never been more critical to the nation’s economic and political future, according to The New Importance of Children, a report co-funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and the Children’s Hospital Association.

The Baby Boomer generation is aging and retiring at the same time that birth rates are declining, altering the social and economic landscape. This disproportion due to the relative shortage of children makes each child—regardless of gender, ethnicity, geographic residence or economic background—more important to our future than ever before. As advocates we need to champion the priority of children to those who have the power to promote change.

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