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Published in February 2019 by the National Academies Press, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty is a consensus study report compiled at the request of the US Congress with the goals of "conduct[ing] a comprehensive study of child poverty in the United States [and] identify[ing] evidence-based programs and policies for reducing the number of children living in poverty by half within 10 years." The report first examines the demographics and consequences of child poverty, as well as how factors like the labor market and government programs affect it. It then thoroughly reviews and analyzes multiple policy approaches to addressing child poverty before recommending two policy packages that the committee's analysis found would be capable of meeting the goal of halving child poverty within a decade. Those interested can read the full 598-page report online or download it as a PDF for free at the link above, where it is also available to pre-order in hard copy. There are also a number of supplements available under the Resources tab, including a 4-page summary, highlights specifically for policy-makers, a short video introduction, and a 34-page report addressing poverty among Native American children.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-10-04
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