The Economic Crisis and the Health, Well-Being and Security of New York’s Children and Families: Report of a Meeting, March 13, 2009

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. On March 13th, the Children’s Health Fund (CHF) and the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) hosted the New York City Child Health Forum, “Economic Crisis: How the Fallout will Affect the Health, Well-Being and Security of Children and Families.” By gathering economic, political and policy […]

Making Parents’ Health Care a Priority

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. Access to secure and affordable health insurance is critical for all Americans. In the public debate, children’s coverage has received particular attention and support. But access to health care for parents is a key predictor of access to health care for children. To help inform the national […]

Budgeting for Basic Needs: A Struggle for Working Families

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. Millions of parents find themselves struggling to make ends meet, despite hard work. Even a full-time job is no guarantee of economic security, with the high cost of everyday expenses and a federal minimum wage of just $6.55 an hour – less than $14,000 a year with […]

The Challenge of Child Care: More Help Needed for Houston’s Families

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. Houston families are working harder than ever. In fact, more than 75 percent of the children living in low-income families in Houston have parents who are employed, and the majority of these children – about 400,000 – have parents who work full-time, year-round. But, despite their best […]

The Challenge of Child Care: More Help Needed for San Antonio’s Families

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. San Antonio families are working harder than ever. In fact, more than 85 percent of the children living in low-income families in San Antonio have parents who are employed, and the majority of these children – about 150,000 – have parents who work full-time, year-round. But, despite […]

Making Work Pay for Iowa’s Families

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. Executive Summary Almost a third of Iowa’s children live in low-income families struggling to make ends meet. “Work supports” – such as earned income tax credits (EITCs), public health insurance, and child care assistance – can help such families close the gap between low wages and the […]

Staying Afloat in Tough Times: What States Are and Aren’t Doing to Promote Family Economic Security

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. This is an excerpt from the full report. These are challenging economic times for America’s families. Low- and moderate-income workers are seeing their wages stagnate or decline, while the cost of basic necessities continues to rise. The economy is losing jobs, unemployment rates are rising, families are […]

Child Care in Colorado: Making Care More Affordable for Working Families

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. This is an excerpt from the full report. Nearly 250,000 of Colorado’s children live in families that are low income, despite having a parent who works full-time, year-round. One of the largest expenses these families face is the cost of child care. Reliable child care is critical […]

Improving Work Supports: Closing the Financial Gap for Low-Wage Workers and Their Families

Learn about our Making Work Supports Work project. Commissioned by the Economic Policy Institute for its Agenda for Shared Prosperity, this report describes why work support benefits are critical for low-wage workers. It explains the current state of work supports in the U.S., highlighting the need to address benefit “cliffs” and high marginal tax rates; […]