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What do “Work Requirements” Actually Require?—INFOGRAPHIC

June 2019

This infographic demonstrates the extraordinary amount of time required to obtain TANF benefits. NOTE: These public transit directions and commuting times were calculated mid-day, mid-week, using Google Maps. Actual times may vary and this infographic is intended as illustrative.

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(1 pp)


Moving to High Quality Child Care for All: Addressing Inequities through CCDBG State Plans

October 2018

As States begin implementing their required CCDBG triennial plans for 2019-2021, Child Care Administrators and other State policy leaders should use this opportunity to improve the quality of, and expand access to, child care for low-income families of color.


Building a 21st Century Workforce to Strengthen State Economies


This brief outlines several budget-conscious solutions that will increase college graduation rates in order to build a 21st century workforce in the states.
(2 pp)


Understanding the Intersection of Race, Housing, and Child Welfare

December 2014

This webinar explores the long-standing challenges involved with connecting families with supportive housing, as well as how these dynamics impact the likelihood of child welfare involvement for families of color. 


20 Years of TANF: Opportunities to Better Support Families Facing Multiple Barriers

August 2016

This policy paper examines Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and recommends ways states can optimize the program to serve families facing the greatest barriers to success and advance equity.
(35 pp)


Supporting Youth Aging Out of Foster Care through SNAP


This policy paper discusses how youth aging out of foster care are disproportionately impacted by food insecurity because they are particularly at risk of experiencing poverty and how SNAP can help.
(8 pp)


The Racial Equity Implications of Proposals to Restrict Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

March 2017

This policy paper provides information on the impact of Medicaid and CHIP on reducing disparities in coverage for children and families of color and the likely impacts of current reform proposals.
(11 pp)


Poverty in Early Childhood


This policy brief provides statistics and facts on the impacts of poverty on early childhood, how that impact differs for children of color, and its cumulative effects.
(2 pp)

Policy Paper

Promoting Healthy Outcomes for Young Children and Their Families: Implications of Proposals to Restrict Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

March 2017

This policy paper highlights five actions promoting positive outcomes for young children and families by ensuring that essential health care services now provided through Medicaid, CHIP, and the ACA remain intact.
(7 pp)


Food Insecurity in Early Childhood


This policy paper discusses how detrimental food insecurity can be to early development. It examines the short-term and long-term options available to policy makers and early childhood service providers.
(10 pp)