The Standard assumes that all adults (whether married or single) work full-time and includes the costs associated with employment - specifically, transportation and taxes, and for families with young children, child care.
- The Standard takes into account that many costs differ not only by family size and composition (as does the official poverty measure), but also by the age of children.
- While food and health care costs are slightly lower for younger children, child care costs are much higher particularly for children not yet in school - and are a substantial budget item not included in the official poverty measure.
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