Webinar: Opportunities to Cut Child Poverty: Understanding the Data and Evidence – Jun 24
Posted by Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity on June 15, 2021
When President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) into law in March of this year, observers described it as “the second war on poverty,” almost matching in scope and ambition the first, passed by President Johnson some 57 years ago. But, unlike Johnson’s efforts—which benefited the elderly the most—the ARP will likely have its greatest poverty-reducing impacts on the nation’s children. With provisions of the ARP expiring in a year, Congress will soon decide if it wants to extend them beyond twelve months or to make them an on-going part of the nation’s system for supporting low-income families with children.
This webinar will focus on what we know about child poverty and how we know it: what do the economic and social sciences teach us about gainful approaches to reducing child poverty, and how far do provisions of the ARP go toward addressing the problem? Drawing on the 2019 National Academies report, “A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty,” our panel of experts will discuss what years of rigorous research and analysis tell us about the various policies and investments that contribute to the goal of reducing child poverty—especially the disparities in poverty levels across racial and ethnic lines—and the promotion of children’s social and economic mobility. The American Academy of Political and Social Science and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity will co-host this event, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, on June 24 at 2 p.m. ET.
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