A User-Friendly Refresher on Kids and Welfare Reform

June 25, 2003

The data and findings are not new, but the presentation is: the Manpower Demonstration Research Project (MDRC) has launched a five-minute Web video that explains the impact on children of different welfare-to-work strategies. Only those programs that raised family income had a positive effect on children between ages 2 and 9 when participation in the program began; other strategies like mandatory work or time-limited welfare had no discernable effect on kids' welfare. On the other hand, teens whose moms participated in welfare to work programs showed troubling negative effects in poorer school performance and other measures.