When a new federal program rolls out, it could have serious implications for the state of education in Washington

By the numbers: 1.2 million children in the U.S. are living in poverty. 

The numbers are stunning: More than half of all children in America live in poverty in their lifetime, according to a report released today by the Brookings Institution. 

A staggering 44 percent of children in Washington live in a household that receives federal assistance, according the study.

 Nearly one in three children in poverty lives in Washington.

A staggering 60 percent of Washington families are living paycheck to paycheck.

More than 40 percent of families in Washington are either working part time or barely scraping by.

At the federal level, nearly half of children living in a family with a child receiving food stamps or TANF received help last year.

“Washington has long been a state that has struggled to meet the needs of its children, yet today, the federal government has set out to make this problem worse,” said Emily Gee, director of Brookings’s Center on Children, Families and the Workforce.

“It is an attack on the welfare state and on education.

The program rolls back the work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and makes it easier for states to impose a variety of other work requirements.”

The study released today also found that nearly one in five state students will graduate from high school without a diploma by the end of 2020, compared to one in four in 2010.

While the federal program is not set to kick in until July 1, a lot of people are still waiting to see whether their state or local government will accept the federal money.

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) was established to help families with food insecurity and provide nutrition to low-income households.

The federal WIC program is a federal program that helps low- and moderate-income families pay for groceries and other basic necessities, and the money goes to families who receive food stamps.

The WIC helps families pay rent, utilities, child care, and food for their children.

There are currently about 16 million low- to moderate-wage households in the United States.

This is the second time in two years that Washington, D.C., has been singled out by the Federal Reserve for its poverty.

In November, the Federal Communications Commission announced it was dropping a proposed rule that would have required states to require all public schools to have at least 25 percent of their classrooms covered by WIC.

It also said that if the federal rules go into effect, it would cost states an estimated $1 billion annually.