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 […]

Homeless Children and Youth: Causes and Consequences

Learn about our Youth, Homelessness, and Education project. Housing plays a pivotal role in the well-being of children and families. Stable housing is a critical factor for positive child and youth development. Unfortunately, the number of homeless families with children has increased in recent years due to the lack of affordable housing. On top of […]

Promoting Social-emotional Wellbeing in Early Intervention Services: A Fifty-state View

Learn more about our Improving the Odds for Young Children project. Executive Summary Introduction In 2007 approximately 322,000 young children received services through the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Part C, the Early Intervention Program for Infant and Toddlers with Disabilities. Yet research shows that only a fraction of children eligible for the program received […]

A Guide to Understanding State Child Care Subsidy Programs Through Analysis of Public and Non-public Use Datasets

Learn about our Research Connections project. This is an excerpt from the full report. SECTION I: INTRODUCTION Purpose of the Guidebook This guide has been developed to assist researchers in using public and non-public use U.S. Census Bureau data as well as public and non-public use state administrative data—both separately and in combinations—to analyze state-specific […]

Testimony on the State of State Early Childhood Policies

Learn about our Improving the Odds for Young Children project. On March 17th, 2009, Helene Stebbins testified before the House Committee on Education and Labor about the importance of early childhood development. Good morning Chairman Miller and members of the Committee. Thank you for the invitation to testify today. I am the project coordinator of […]

Paid Leave in the States: A Critical Support for Low-wage Workers and Their Families

Introduction Millions of working families experience a day-to-day struggle to make ends meet – nearly 40% of America’s children live in low-income families. When these families experience a major life event, such as having a baby or taking care of a family member with a serious illness, their already fragile financial situation can be further […]

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 […]

Unclaimed Children Revisited: The Status of Children’s Mental Health Policy in the United States

Learn about our Unclaimed Children Revisited project. Executive Summary Over 25 years ago Jane Knitzer, in the report Unclaimed Children: The Failure of Public Responsibility to Children in Need of Mental Health Services, documented policy and program disconnects that meant children and youth with mental health needs and their families did not get the services […]

Present, Engaged, and Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades

Executive Summary At the core of school improvement and education reform is an assumption so widely understood that it is rarely invoked: students have to be present and engaged in order to learn. That is why the discovery that thousands of our youngest students are at academically at-risk because of extended absences when they first […]

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 […]