Focusing on interconnections, whether programmatic strategies, policy efforts, or research, is critical in helping us stabilize families.
The same programs meant to help families during hardship can cause instability when renewal procedures lead to families temporarily losing benefits.
To help schools become even more effective partners, we must better understand how factors outside the classroom affect a child’s school experience.
Many US families have income that fluctuates considerably from month to month, but strategies are emerging to help them weather this instability.
Completely preventing instability isn’t realistic. But with the right strategies in place, we can minimize the effects.
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.