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Policy Paper

Economic Security in Good Times and Bad: COVID-19 Demonstrates Why We Need a Child Allowance

March 2020

The United States needs a child allowance—now and always. The public health crisis brought on by the coronavirus outbreak demonstrates why we need a child allowance now more than ever.



The Racist Roots of Work Requirements

February 2020

This report traces policies that take away basic assistance from families for not meeting work requirements back to practices that coerced and exploited the labor of Black families, going back to slavery.


Policy Paper

What do “Work Requirements” Actually Require? A look at programs that meet families’ basic needs in Montgomery County, Maryland

June 2019

This brief explores work we have done to understand work requirements in Montgomery County, MD. Our goal is to learn what was required of families to apply for, and receive, TANF and SNAP. 

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(8 pp)

Policy Paper

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.

Download the brief.

(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)