Politics
3:30 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Watch a portrait of the economic crisis as seen through the eyes of children

These are hard times in the Quad Cities, a great American crossroads along the border of Iowa and Illinois, where the Mississippi River intersects Interstate 80. Home to John Deere manufacturing and the nation’s breadbasket, it’s also an area deeply scarred by the recession. FRONTLINE follows three young girls growing up amidst their families’ struggles against financial ruin. This an intimate portrait of the economic crisis as it’s rarely seen, through the eyes of children. With one in five American children living below the poverty line, “Poor Kids” is an unflinching and revealing exploration of what poverty means to children — and to the country’s future.

"Poor Kids" on Frontline airs on Thursday, July 24th at 7 pm on channel 3.

FRONTLINE spent months following three young girls, including Kaylie (pictured), who are growing up amidst their families’ struggles against financial ruin.
FRONTLINE spent months following three young girls, including Kaylie (pictured), who are growing up amidst their families’ struggles against financial ruin.