Stabilizing families requires thinking outside of the box

Focusing on interconnections, whether programmatic strategies, policy efforts, or research, is critical in helping us stabilize families.

How to fix the safety net when it causes instability in families’ lives

The same programs meant to help families during hardship can cause instability when renewal procedures lead to families temporarily losing benefits.

How coping with food insecurity can lead to further instability

Strategies families use to address food insecurity can lead to a chain of consequences that further undermine well-being.

Schools are essential partners in identifying and addressing instability

To help schools become even more effective partners, we must better understand how factors outside the classroom affect a child’s school experience.

Stabilizing children’s lives when family income fluctuates from month to month

Many US families have income that fluctuates considerably from month to month, but strategies are emerging to help them weather this instability.

The ties that stabilize: How social networks and communities affect children

There’s another safety net for families much closer to home: social networks and local communities.

Change happens: It’s how we prepare for it that matters

Completely preventing instability isn’t realistic. But with the right strategies in place, we can minimize the effects.

Stabilizing children’s lives: Insights for research and action

Too many children do not have a stable foundation, and instability in one or more areas threatens their well-being.

Helping parents put career and family first

Education and training programs are developing child care solutions to help low-income parents advance their careers and care for their kids.

Making early care and education strategies really work for families

We are shortchanging the very children who most need a strong start and the parents who are working hard to give their children a better life.