Let’s Reassess Our Poverty Measures

U.S. Census Bureau released its annual statistics on poverty, but the data doesn’t tell us enough about families’ true economic well-being. Read about why we need a new metric to indicate economic well-being here.

New Statement

We must work together across communities and coalitions to loudly proclaim an anti-racist agenda and use it to build a better, more just nation that values and protects the lives of Black, Latinx, Native, and other people of color. 

Read our full statement.

Equity & Justice

At CSSP, we recognize the long and devastating history of racism and discrimination in our country. Learn more about our equity journey and the resources, tools, and information we have available in this interactive presentation. 

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Register for upEND movement convening today!

Join us for the first-ever convening launching the upEND movement on October 20-21, 2020.

Register here.

Youth Thrive Survey Now Available In Spanish!

For organizations working with Spanish-speaking youth and young adults, a Spanish version of the Youth Thrive survey is now available here.

Together for Families Conference 

This event, co-hosted by CSSP, brings together over 300 stakeholders in the family support and strengthening field to focus on  best and promising practice for supporting families. Register by 8/14 for an early registration rate.

Who We Are

The Center for the Study of Social Policy works to achieve a racially, economically, and socially just society in which all children, youth, and families thrive. We translate ideas into action, promote public policies grounded in equity, and support strong and inclusive communities. We advocate with and for all children, youth, and families marginalized by public policies and institutional practices.

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Our Approach

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Systems Reform

We draw on the latest research and work to make systems more responsive, accountable, and rooted in policies that ensure equity and inclusion for all children, youth, families, and communities.

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Community Outreach

We believe in the power of communities to shape their futures. We work with communities across the country and with local systems to impact policy and systems change.

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We work to influence public policy to create opportunity, advance equity, achieve impact, and scale results. We fight against inequitable policy proposals and promote policies that ensure equity and inclusion.