Data & Policy Tools

50-State Policy Tracker

The NCCP 50-State Policy Tracker is a unique, online tool allowing policymakers, journalists, social researchers, and advocates to quickly and accurately compare state policies and programs vital to the well-being of low-income families. It includes key state data for 10 important social programs: child care subsidies, Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, family and medical leave, income tax policy, Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program, minimum wage, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Unemployment Insurance. 

Basic Needs Budget Calculator

The Basic Needs Budget Calculator shows how much a family needs to make ends meet. Select state and city (or county), number of parents, and number and ages of children, and the Budget Calculator calculates the cost of minimum daily necessities. 

Benefit Cliffs Calculator (MTRC)

The Benefit Cliffs Calculator can be used by case managers and persons receiving benefits to help them anticipate potential loss of benefits due to an increase in earnings, and other factors.

Early Childhood Profiles

NCCP’s Early Childhood Profiles highlight two-generation state policy choices that promote health, education, and strong families alongside other contextual data related to the well-being of young children.

Family Resource Simulator

The Family Resource Simulator shows the impact of federal and state “work support” benefits on the budgets of low- to moderate-income families. Results illustrate how a hypothetical family’s resources change as earnings increase, taking public benefits into account. 

Immigration Profiles

The State Immigration Profiles provides users with data for each state about the number of children with parents of different immigration statuses, eligibility restrictions placed on immigrants for benefit programs, and state/county participation in immigration enforcement.

Young Child Risk Calculator

The Young Child Risk Calculator shows how many young children in a state face individual risks as well as multiple risks in combination with economic hardship. These risks are associated with poor health and educational outcomes. Users can select a state, age group, any number of individual risks, and a level of economic hardship.