Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Report from CSSP - Results-Based Public Policy Strategies for Reducing Child Poverty

The Center for the Study of Social Policy is proud to announce a new section on and a corresponding report, Results-Based Public Policy Strategies for Reducing Child Poverty, which highlight important strategies states can utilize to improve the economic strains for families and children living in poverty. The report discusses the implications of poverty on every aspect of a child and family’s life that can hinder positive adolescent and adult outcomes. Children growing up in poverty are exposed to a variety of risk factors, including inadequate nutrition, substandard housing and untreated illness that can affect their cognitive, social and emotional development.

In the report, CSSP focuses on four primary policy areas for reducing child poverty with detailed policy strategies within each primary area of focus. The four areas of focus include recommendations to support policymakers to:
  1. improve supports for families and their children by strengthening the safety net
  2. promote family financial success through supportive work/family policies
  3. provide supports for families with multiple barriers
  4. invest in young children
In addition to the report, CSSP is excited to share this resource as an interactive tool that presents data and trends. Through this tool, information is readily available to be viewed for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Concrete strategies and useful background information related to the importance of reducing child poverty are also available

The information in this section is designed to inform policymakers in their efforts to ensure that all families have access to a strong safety net and supports and services that can minimize hardships.

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