• July/August 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 7

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New Report, Webpage on Reducing Child Poverty

Policymakers at the State level can reduce child poverty and achieve concrete results by using research-informed, results-based policy strategies to improve outcomes and support child and family well-being. A recent paper from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), Results-Based Public Policy Strategies for Reducing Child Poverty, offers policy recommendations highlighting the importance of reducing child poverty to increase children and family well-being. In addition to the report, CSSP has created a web section on the topic, which includes supplementary materials.

The paper encourages State policymakers to review their data on children living in poverty, note trends, compare data from other States, and then set targets for improvement. Tailored and research-informed public policy strategies are highlighted with State examples indicating sustainability in implementation and effectiveness. Four evidence-based strategies are described for reducing child poverty: 

  • Improve supports for families and their children by strengthening the safety net
  • Promote family financial success through supportive work/family policies
  • Provide supports for families with multiple barriers
  • Invest in young children

The paper also discusses funding principles and Federal and State financial resources to implement and sustain recommended policies that support children and families living in poverty.

Access Results-Based Public Policy Strategies for Reducing Child Poverty the CSSP website:

http://www.cssp.org/policy/2014/Results-Based-Public-Policy-Strategies-for-Reducing-Child-Poverty.pdf (306 KB)

The Policy for Results web section with supplementary resources is available here:

http://www.policyforresults.org/poverty-economic/reduce-child-poverty

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