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August 2, 2012
A Bank Account for the Most Vulnerable
Washington State Senator David Frockt (D) and Representative Bill Hinkle (R-Cle Elum) discuss their support for policies that require state public assistance programs ...
July 26, 2012
Time for States to Step Up for Kids
Jan Richter says that this year’s Kids Count data book shows that kids and families are doing their part, but we as a nation are not doing ours to protect our ...
July 25, 2012
KIDS COUNT 2012 Data Book
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT Data Book shows both promising progress and discouraging setbacks for the nation’s children: While their ...
July 23, 2012
Priorities for a “Faithful” Federal Budget
Food banks and soup kitchens alone won’t lift families out of hunger and poverty. We need a federal budget that supports the most vulnerable among us, according ...
July 23, 2012
On the Offensive for Children in the Budget
The Forum for Youth Investment's Elizabeth Gaines takes a look at two annual children's budgets, released in the summer of 2012. The bottom line: We need to ...
July 18, 2012
The Benefits of Access: Eliminating Siloed Programs for Low-Income Americans
Timothy Warfield, executive director at the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP), and Mark Schmeissing, NASCSP senior policy analyst, ...
July 17, 2012
Still “Other,” Still Invisible: American Poverty Fifty Years On
SparkAction's Alison reflects on a conference inspired by the 50th anniversary of a ground-breaking book about poverty in America.
July 16, 2012
America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2012
The infant mortality rate, the preterm birth rate, and the adolescent birth rate all continued to decline, average mathematics scores increased for 4th and 8th ...
June 18, 2012
Corporate Voices, LearnUp and the California Community College System: A Learn and Earn Partnership
Corporate Voices for Working Families has joined Silicon Valley technical start up company, LearnUp, and the California Community College system to make a commitment ...
June 14, 2012
Examining How Place-Based Strategies Can Bridge Gaps in Services for Families
So-called “place-based strategies” have been gaining attention for their cross-cutting approaches to delivering housing, education and health care in a ...
May 23, 2012
Celeb Chef Mario Batali Takes the Food Stamp Challenge
Celebrity chef and TV personality Mario Batali took the Food Stamp Challenge to raise awareness about potential cuts to SNAP-- he fed his family on a $4/person per ...
May 23, 2012
Interactive Infographic: Job Gains and Losses 2007-2012
While most states posted modest gains over the past 12 months, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and New Hampshire were among seven states that lost jobs. Check out this ...
May 18, 2012
Why Are Teen Moms Poor?
Surprising new research shows it’s not because they have babies-- they have babies because they’re poor.
May 18, 2012
A Little Help for the Long-Term Unemployed?
Instead of helping the long-term unemployed in the United States weather the storm and find ways to re-enter the workforce, our nation is moving in the opposite ...
May 17, 2012
VIDEO: Michael Gerson on Poverty and Opportunity
In this webcast series,
columnist and former speechwriter and senior advisor to President Goerge W. Bush Michael Gerson discusses poverty, ...
May 17, 2012
Moving to 21st-Century Public Benefits: Emerging Options, Great Promise, and Key Challenges
We live in an age of great technology, when information can be shared instantly. And yet, our current models of determining eligibility for public benefits like ...
May 16, 2012
Senate Budget Plans Range From Extreme to Unimaginable
The Coalition on Human Needs sent thisletter making points to every senator about the budget.
May 15, 2012
The Congressional Hunger Games: Time for Both Sides to Step Up
In a new commentary series on the fight to end childhood hunger and food insecurity in America, Joel Berg, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and ...
May 10, 2012
The Perfectly Dismal Storm: The Struggles of Young Men in the United States
Timothy Smeeding, director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, contends that targeted and effective efforts are needed to ...
May 4, 2012
Eliminating Social Services Block Grant Would Weaken Services for Vulnerable Children
To help generate the savings required by the House-approved budget, the House Ways and Means Committee voted on April 18 to eliminate the Social Services Block Grant ...
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