Limited by Design: How Restrictive Asset Limits Punish Families and Perpetuate the Cycle of Poverty

This article describes the harmful impact of restrictive asset limits on low-income families’ ability to save for the future.

What’s in Build Back Better? Lots to Help Working Families Get Ahead

This blog examines an expected outcome of the Build Back Better Act that should receive more attention — the role of BBB in promoting family economic mobility.  The blog discusses how BBB will help working families get ahead by reducing harmful benefit cliffs.

NH’s Workforce Recovery: COVID-19, Child Care, Benefit Programs & Employment (Presentation)

This presentation gives an overarching view of the study that focused on workforce recovery in New Hampshire, as an impact of COVID-19, child care, and other benefit programs.

NH’s Workforce Recovery: COVID-19, Child Care, Benefit Programs, and Employment (Report)

The COVID-19 pandemic created a range of health, economic, and social policy challenges for New Hampshire. Changes in economic conditions have deepened existing challenges for vulnerable populations and communities, while other households have faced new challenges around decisions regarding employment and child care that they had never anticipated. As New Hampshire seeks to accelerate its […]

From Programming to Policy Change

This infographic depicts the organizational flow of policies used to help support economic mobility for low-income women and their families. The aim was to create legislative change, as well expand budgeting for various programs.

Family Resource Simulator Policy Impact Case Studies

Twenty-eight million working families and individuals rely on public benefits, such as childcare subsidies, SSI, Medicaid, SNAP, free school lunch, EITC, or free pre-K to make ends meet; however, public benefit programs sometimes penalize families as they earn more. Program administrators and policymakers have the power to improve and streamline program rules, but they need […]

Do States’ Immigrant-Friendly Policies Improve Health of Children of Immigrants?

This study examines the health impacts of local and state immigration-related policies that support undocumented immigrants and their families. The research question we sought to answer in this study was “Do sanctuary policies and driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants increase the chances that children of these immigrants receive adequate medical and dental care?” We focused […]

Paid Leave for Families Living with Disabilities

The Arc/National Center for Children in Poverty Paid Leave Study Disability Perspectives on Paid Leave: A Qualitative Analysis of Leave-taking Among Workers Affected by Disabilities or Serious Health Conditions presents ground-breaking research on how workers with disabilities and working caregivers of people with disabilities use, need, and benefit from paid family and medical leave. It […]

The Florida Minimum Wage: How Much Can It Really Buy, and How High Should It Be?

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. In Florida and across the nation, there is much debate about the adequacy of the minimum wage. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 has not increased since July 2009, and has fallen by more than fifty cents in real terms since then. Adjusted for inflation, the current […]

Three Policy Reforms to Help Low-Income Children in Ohio

Ohio advocates and policymakers have recently proposed important new policy initiatives to help the state’s struggling working families. This policy brief models three reforms that promise to significantly improve the economic security of low-income Ohio families with children. First, we examine the effect of introducing a free and universal prekindergarten program for four-year-olds on families’ […]