On Thursday, February 28, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will release the results of their nearly two years study on reducing child poverty in the United States, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty. The Academy study is the result of a congressional mandate. The report examines the evidence-based programs and policies that reduce the number of children living in poverty and identifies packages of policies and programs that could reduce child poverty in the United States by half within ten years, at a cost far lower than the costs the country bears from child poverty.

CWLA President & CEO Christine James-Brown is one of 15 members that developed and wrote the report which reviews the current research on the link between child poverty and child well-being, analyzes the poverty-reducing effects of major assistance programs, and recommends policies and programs for reducing the number of children living in poverty.

The work is the result of efforts and work of Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-TX) and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) who helped direct the original funding in the FY 2016 budget. Details of the release are: Thursday, February 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m., National Academy of Sciences, Room 125, 2101 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Register for this event.

CWLA will be focusing on the report and recommendations in the coming months. At least one Congressional briefing and potentially committee hearings are expected and other briefings will likely take place. There will also be a session on Friday of the CWLA National Conference. You can register for the CWLA Conference here