Welcome to the Child Labor Public Education Project
Today, approximately 215 million children, many as young as five, are involved in child labor around the globe. Child labor is work that harms children or keeps them from attending school. It involves work by children under conditions that are hazardous, illegal, or exploitive.
The Child Labor Public Education Project of the University of Iowa Labor Center and Center for Human Rights provides educational workshops and materials on a range of issues regarding child labor in the U.S. and other countries:
- causes and consequences of child labor
- history of child labor in the U.S.
- effects of child labor on children’s health and workers’ rights
- and international issues such as workers’ rights, trade, and economic policies.
Note: The adult and k-12 workshop materials available on this website may be downloaded and distributed at no charge. These materials were developed as part of the Child Labor Public Education Project from 2002-2004, and were last updated in 2004.
The information on this website was initially compiled as part of a 2002-2004 grant-funded project. General information about child labor and the resource links were last updated by The University of Iowa Labor Center in July 2011. No future updates are planned.
The Child Labor Public Education Project is supported by U.S. Department of Labor funding made possible by the 2000 Senate Labor, Health & Human Services, & Education Appropriations Subcommittee that was chaired by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.
This document does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.