The economic turmoil of the past five-and-a-half years has fueled sharp increases in financial hardships and
insecurity for American families along the entire income spectrum. According to the recent research of the Urban Institute, those hardships were especially difficult for children.
To look at pathways to security for both families WITH and WITHOUT children, KACAP recommends these reports from FIRST FOCUS on strengthening the safety net for children, and from Center for Budget and Policies Priorities on strengthening the EITC for childless workers.
New research makes these supports more imperative than ever, as it proves that childhood poverty and chronic stress may lead to problems regulating emotions as an adult and that poverty and neglect lead to smaller brain and weaker brain development.