Brian DeLaite

By Alicia Orr Suman Young children, ages 5 to 9, numbered more than 20 million in 2000. Add in their slightly older siblings, and you have a market of more than 41 million children age 14 and younger, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It's a lucrative market, too. Moderate income families spend $160,600 on average, raising a child from birth through age 17, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. A good portion of that expenditure happens during the elementary school years—a time of rapid physical and emotional growth for young children. Just think of all the toys, books and clothing kids consume

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