Poverty is becoming more concentrated in Indiana and across the nation, which is making it more difficult for children to break the cycle of poverty.
The newly-created Commission for Improving the Status of Children is meeting for the first time Wednesday.
The Indiana Youth Institute says schools in Indiana need to consider offering free breakfast programs because of the increase in child poverty.
Bartholomew County's child poverty rate rose to 22 percent in 2010.
Experts say the recession is not solely responsible for the increase in child poverty in Indiana.