CWLA President and CEO, Christine James-Brown participated in the first meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and their work on child poverty.

The National Academy’s Committee on Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years, is convening an ad hoc committee of experts to conduct a consensus study of the costs of child poverty in the U.S. examining current efforts aimed at reducing poverty.

Based on the committee work and analysis there will be a set of recommendations on federal strategies aimed at reducing the number of children living in poverty in the United States by half within 10 years. Specifically the charges include: Review available research on the economic, health, and social costs of child poverty; Assess international, federal, state, and local efforts to reduce child poverty; Identify policies and programs to help reduce child poverty and deep poverty; provide analysis that will allow policy makers to identify and assess potential policy investments that can best meet their policy objectives; and Identify key, high-priority research gaps that need filling to advance the knowledge for developing policies to reduce child poverty in the United States.

The Committee met for the first time on April 27 and includes Chris James-Brown along with eleven other members. This work of the National Academy is the result of efforts and work of Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-TX) and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and funded originally in the FY 2016 budget at $750,000 (with an additional $500,000 in this new appropriations).

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine dates back to Abraham Lincoln founded in 1863 and is a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization that receives a variety of funding.   For more detail readers can go here.