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Young Child Risk Calculator

Shows the number of young children in each state who are at-risk of poor outcomes

Basic Facts about Low-Income Children

Children under 18 Years, 2014

Basic Facts about Low-Income Children

Children 12 through 17 Years, 2014

Basic Facts about Low-Income Children

Children 6 through 11 Years, 2014

Basic Facts about Low-Income Children

Children under 6 Years, 2014

Our Work in the States

50-State Policy Tracker

How progressive is your state? NCCP's policy tracker looks at ten critical work supports:

  1. Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Subsidies
  2. Family and Medical Leave
  3. Income Tax Liability
  4. Minimum Wage Standards
  5. Public Health Insurance
  6. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  7. State Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit
  8. State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  9. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  10. Unemployment Insurance


Research Connections

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections promotes high-quality research and its use in policymaking by providing online access to thousands of:

  • Journal articles
  • Government reports
  • Research reviews
  • Policy briefs

Research Connections regularly highlights current policy and research developments in the field through its bi-weekly e-newsletter and on, and is the central access point for products developed by federally funded early care and education research workgroups. Research Connections also publishes its own:

  • Bibliographies
  • Research syntheses
  • Research-to-policy briefs

It supports new research by making available public access to child care and early education data, which can be downloaded or used online free of charge, and by conducting training on data analysis. Launched in 2004, Research Connections is a partnership of the National Center for Children in Poverty and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan, and is funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


NCCP Book Club

Friday, July 8, 2016 | 9:30 - 11 am (EDT)
House Rayburn Office Building
Room B-338
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515

Building on the Child Tax Credit to Help All Children Thrive

With one in five children in the United States living in poverty, further action is needed to permanently break the cycle of child poverty.

Join The Century Foundation’s Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, Center for American Progress, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro on July 8th for a robust discussion on how we can reduce the child poverty rate and provide our youngest residents with the resources they need to reach their full potential. The event will highlight research and policy proposals like the Young Child Tax Credit Act (H.R. 4693) and universal cash allowances (used in most industrialized nations outside of the United States).


  • Melissa Boteach, Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress
  • Peter Edelman, Director of Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality
  • Irv Garfinkel, Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems, Columbia University
  • Cemeré James, Vice President for Public Policy, National Black Child Development Institute
  • Jeff Madrick, Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative and Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
  • Renée Wilson-Simmons, DrPH, Director, National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University (moderator)
NCCP Book Club

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2:00–3:00 P.M. EST

Trapped in America's Safety Net: One Family's Struggle by Andrea Louis Campbell

Trapped Andrea Campbell

When Andrea Louise Campbell’s sister-in-law, Marcella Wagner, was run off the freeway by a hit-and-run driver, she was eight months pregnant. She survived—and, miraculously, the baby was born healthy. But that’s where the good news ends. Marcella was left paralyzed from the chest down. This accident was much more than just a physical and emotional tragedy. Like so many Americans—50 million, or one-sixth of the country’s population—neither Marcella nor her husband, Dave, who works for a small business, had health insurance. On the day of the accident, she was on her way to class for the nursing program through which she hoped to secure one of the few remaining jobs in the area with the promise of employer-provided insurance. Instead, the accident plunged the young family into the tangled web of means-tested social assistance.

Campbell’s systematic review of the low level of American social assistance (compared to other industrial nations); its incompleteness; and its "fifty different worlds" of coverage (criteria vary by state, effectively undercutting the meaning of national citizenship, which is not the case for Social Security and Medicare) points toward wholesale rethinking and reform.
-Harvard Magazine review

Andrea Louise Campbell is the Department Head and Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her interests include American politics, political behavior, public opinion, and political inequality, particularly their intersection with social welfare policy, health policy, and tax policy. She is the author of How Policies Make Citizens: Senior Citizen Activism and the American Welfare State (Princeton, 2003), and, with Kimberly J. Morgan, The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of Social Provision (Oxford, 2011). She holds an A.B. degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley.

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