Recession threatens gains for children: The economic downturn will undo virtually all progress made in children's well-being since 1975, according to a report based on more than 30 years of data from the annual Child Well-Being Index of the Foundation for Child Development (FCD). Anticipating the Impacts of a 2008–2010 Recession presents projections in seven quality-of-life domains, such as health, safety, and community connectedness. The proportion of children in poverty is expected to peak at 21% in 2010, the highest rate since the previous recession in the early 1990s. Other key findings include a decline in social connectedness as the severity of the housing crisis drives families to move or become homeless and a higher rate of childhood obesity as parents come to rely more on low-cost fast food. As in previous recessions, child safety is expected to suffer because of higher rates of violent crime and budget cuts for policing and juvenile crime prevention. Because of poverty and family disruption, fewer children will participate in prekindergarten programs, which research has shown leads to below-basic performance on fourth-, 8th-, and 12th-grade standard tests. FCD calls on the Obama administration to implement policies to circumvent these negative effects, such as using Title I funds to add more prekindergarten programs. The 2009 Child Well-Being Index and the special report are available at www.fcd-us.org.