What are the Roadmaps to Cutting Child Poverty In Half in Your State?
On February 28, 2019, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released a consensus study, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty, which has been described as “the most important report on child poverty in years.” Congress mandated the National Academies to analyze the negative developmental outcomes and economic consequences of child poverty, the effectiveness of current efforts to reduce child poverty, including both domestic and international efforts, and then come up with a set of recommendations to cut our child poverty rate in half within a decade.
The study committee finds that no single policy or program change on its own can cut our national child poverty rate in half within a decade. However, the study committee models four different combinations of policy and program changes and finds that, using an adjusted Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), two of these combinations can achieve this goal.
To accompany the study, the NASEM released a data explorer tool that models the impact of the four policy and program combinations on SPM state child poverty rates, including deep child poverty.
We created a set of tools for state advocates fighting child poverty, including state-by-state fact sheets with key indicators on child poverty, as well as two resources that utilize the NASEM data explorer tool to show the effect of the four policy packages on state child poverty and deep child poverty rates.
These combined resources are designed to help advocates utilize the study findings that are most helpful based on the contextual factors in your state.